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Exploding Kittens clawing away at Ouya console in its final hours on Kickstarter

Charlie Hall is Polygon’s tabletop editor. In 10-plus years as a journalist & photographer, he has covered simulation, strategy, and spacefaring games, as well as public policy.

After rocketing past Reading Rainbow and pushing Veronica Mars out of the way, the Exploding Kittens card game has only hours left in its Kickstarter. So far it has achieved an important milestone by collecting more than 200,000 backers, far and away the most of any Kickstarter in history.

Currently, Exploding Kittens is less than a half million dollars away from beating out the Ouya game console as the most-funded games Kickstarter of all time, but given its momentum it will likely fall short., a service that tracks the earning trend for a Kickstarter over time, seems to be breaking down in its attempts to plot where the campaign will finish. Currently, Exploding Kitten's projected backing and its current backing are listed as the same figure.

To spur donors on, earlier this week webcomic The Oatmeal, also known as Matthew Inman, spent the day drawing comics based on submissions from backers and posting them on social media. Yesterday the team behind the game, which includes Inman as well as the designer of the I Love Bees alternate-reality game Elan Lee, hosted pizza parties at cat shelters across the country. Today they'll both be participating in a Reddit AMA.

The campaign will end today at 8 p.m. U.S. Central time.

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