Clash of Chaos and Confetti #35: Exploding Kittens

The Premise and Standings

Each week we’ll face off in a best of three series playing a different board game from our collection.  The winner claims the moniker of C&C Clash Champ for the week.  The loser can choke on a furball.  The lesser player also gets to choose the game for the next week.

We will maintain a record of wins and losses throughout the year to see who finishes 2022 as the ultimate board game champ in our household.

Our current C&C Champion is Confetti after winning last week’s Azul battle.

Pre-Clash Current Standings:

  • Weekly Winner: 14 Chaos – 19 Confetti
  • Individual game wins: 46 Chaos – 46 Confetti

After losing last week, Chaos has chosen Exploding Kittens.

The Game – Exploding Kittens

Exploding Kittens is a game where everyone blows up until there is only one person left.  That person is the winner!  

Players take turns drawing cards until someone draws an exploding kitten.  That person is now out of the game, unless they have a defuse card.  A defuse card prevents that person from blowing up but it only delays death because the explosion must be placed back in the deck.  The player who used the defuse gets to put the explosion anywhere in the deck.  

Eventually, people will go boom, but until then, players will hopefully use the cards they draw to tilt luck in their favor.  A number of cards grant abilities such as reshuffling the deck, skipping turns, or picking at the next few cards.  Some cards have no rules text and just look… pretty?  If players get pairs of cards they can turn them in to steal a random card from an opponent.  Three of a kind lets a player name a card to steal.  If the opponent has it, they hand it over, and if not, the three of a kind was wasted.  Five cards of different types, lets a player grab any one card from the discard pile. 

Players will want to grab defuse cards, use their other cards optimally, and avoid exploding kittens if they can.

This is a quick paced game that ends with a boom!

Chaos’ Pre-Clash Thoughts:

Let’s get this over with.

Confetti’s Pre-Clash Thoughts:

I’m starting to feel kind of bad for Chaos, since he generally beats me quite often in games, but all of our Clash games go my way. 🙂 Guess I’m on a lucky streak and I hope it keeps going my way.

Game 1 –

The first game saw a lot of card stealing and turn skipping.  The defuses kept trading hands, back and forth, but seemed to know how to find their way to Confetti again and again.

Chaos was able to put together more pairs and matches, but Confetti tended to have a “Nope” card up her sleeve which halted many of Chaos’ big moves.  

Chaos used cards to pick ahead and twice was able to bluff Confetti into reshuffling the deck.  Both times Confetti was set to draw a defuse.  The shuffling didn’t matter though, since Confetti ended up drawing defuses on those turns anyways.

Card by card, the deck dwindled away, but it wasn’t until near the bottom of the deck that the exploding kitten finally revealed itself.  The defuses came in handy, but they couldn’t last forever.  The deck eventually ran out and it came down to whomever had the most defuses.  Chaos drew the short straw here.

Game 1 Winner: Confetti

Game 2:

Game two started off with a lot of back and forth drawing.  Both players kept pulling cards, seeing who would break the pattern first.  Finally Confetti blinked and she started using “see the future” cards to know what was coming up.

Once the first action was taken, the rest came tumbling after.  Cards were stolen and turns were skipped.  Chaos hit the explosion first, but defused it away.  As the game continued, Chaos felt confident in his three defuses, while Confetti had none.  

The explosion just wouldn’t go off on her, and by the time it came around (on Chaos of course), Confetti had already stolen a defuse back.  

Once again, the deck began to run out.  Defuses were resurrected from the discard, but finally Chaos couldn’t get one back in time and he met his demise.

Game 2 Winner: Confetti

Game 3: 

In the final game, the exploding kitten waited until about midgame to pounce.  He took Confetti’s defuse, leaving her defenseless.  The big difference in this game was that Confetti was able to get her defuse back once, but she was unable to grab it again to start her third exposure to a killer cat.

Confetti finally went boom, but she did it as a champion.

Game 3 Winner: Chaos

Your winner and STILL C&C Clash Champion: Confetti!

Chaos’ Post-Clash Thoughts:

The status is quo.

Confetti’s Post-Clash Thoughts:

It’s annoying that I can’t manage to ever win 3 games in a row. Sigh. Although I think I am finally on top of both the weekly winner and individual game wins scoreboard, so take that Chaos! 

New Standings:

Post-Clash Standings:

  • Weekly Winner: 14 Chaos – 12 Confetti
  • Individual game wins: 47 Chaos – 48 Confetti

Next Week:
Chaos loses in Geek Out Disney!

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