On a Scale of One to T-Rex

Exploding Kittens, a simple but funny card game by Shane Small, along with Matthew Inman and Elan Lee, creators of the comic strip The Oatmeal, stunned the board game community in 2013 when it broke records on Kickstarter, earning $8.8M from 219,000 backers. Since then, the company has released several games including the dodge ball inspired Throw Throw Burrito, Bears vs Babies, and the recent Wolfgang Warsch game On a Scale of One to T-Rex. The company is even starting its own convention, Burning Cat, set to premiere in Portland, Oregon in May 2020.

Exploding Kittens has recently announced that it has received investment capital of $30 million from the TCG Capital Management to finance its continued growth. Kittens has said the investment will be used “to develop more games for its fans, expand its IP into live events, build out its team, control more of its production and distribution, and continue to experiment with innovative ideas around gameplay to help further build the community.”

For the full press release please click here.

Wolfgang Warsch has undeniably been on a tear in the game design world, inventing new and intriguing design-after-design, with several new games still in the pipeline. One that came as a surprise, but also no exception, was in collaboration with the publishers of Exploding Kittens, because it’s available right now as an Amazon exclusive. On a Scale of One to T-Rex is a party game for 2-to-8 players where all players act out cards simultaneously to find matching pairs among them. Billed as a game for “people who are bad at charades”, this isn’t misleading as the real ticket to the game isn’t in the quality of your performance, but the strength of it. Have a look at the game’s description to see why:

“Players must perform ridiculous actions like “Be a T-Rex,” “Scratch an Itch You Can’t Reach,” or “Be a Hula Dancer” on a scale of 1 to 10. The twist is that the quality of your action doesn’t matter – you earn points by guessing and matching the intensity each player is performing their action. There are no turns in this fast-paced game, so in the midst of all the roaring, dancing, meowing, and yodeling, you must find someone on the same intensity level as you to earn points. The player with the most points wins!”

It’s a very novel, simple idea – what if we had charades, but everyone acted at the same time in different degrees? Nobody will be able to focus on how skilled you are in acting, no no no, they’ll be too busy laughing and trying to find someone doing whatever they’re doing as loud or as fast. It’s not only a fresh concept that will undoubtedly pull your friends and family in as soon as you tell them what the game is called – it’s also a brilliantly funny experience that is definitely worth the look. If you’re interested in learning more about On a Scale of One to T-Rex, please check out their website for videos, rules, and more.