The tabletop card gaming title, Exploding Kittens set all manner of records when it launched to the crowdfunding platform, Kickstarter around three years ago – helping to fuel the flames of a burgeoning hobby scene across the globe.
The game was the brainchild of the former Xbox game designer, Elan Lee, and one that has, since, remained a favoured best-seller among tabletop gaming stores across the UK and international scene. And it has just expanded its popular IP in to the live eventing space with the launch of its Burning Cat convention.
Created as a new gaming convention to counter the current trend of conventions becoming “glorified shopping destinations,” Burning Cat, in true Exploding Kittens style, it has quite the bizarre premise.
“At this event, things will happen. You will play games. You will learn things, People will talk, A large man will be dressed as a cat. You do not have to talk to this man. A cat might explode. We suggest you avoid this cat,” read the convention’s description on its website.
“This is a place for tabletop gamers, card game players, casual party game players, families who love games, game makers, or anyone who ever hosted a game night.”
It will feature a large Burning Cat statue, planned to be set on fire at the end of the show, as well as over-sized cat-themed games. It will also feature speakers, gaming tournaments, and an after-hours game night.
The convention is expected to take place in Portland, Oregon at the Oregon Convention Centre on May 16 to 17 2020.
The move is the latest in the current trend for the expansion of popular tabletop gaming IP into the wider licensing space, and follows moves from the likes of Asmodee who recently detailed plans to roll-out published book titles based on some of its most popular board gaming properties.
More and more, tabletop gaming publishers are growing their portfolio’s with wider IP expansion. These plans arrive after a period of growth in the tabletop, board and card gaming sector, as well as a growth in international live eventing for IP.