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Play games and have fun while social distancing with Quarantined Kittens

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Kittens (Image credit: Thrifter)

The lesser-known casualty of the current self-isolation policy is the loss of the ability to gather together and play games while yelling at each other across the table. In some ways, this should be a bigger deal because as humans we thrive in a community. We need to play together and grow together. Lucky for humanity, the people who make games are looking out for us. The makers of Exploding Kittens, a card game that keeps trying to kill you by exploding kittens in your face, have come up with some new methods for playing the game (opens in new tab) that still allow you to keep at least six feet between you and your family and friends.

If you haven't played this game, now is also a really good time to get started, too. The "Stay at Home and Play Games" sale is taking 30% off the entire game and offers free shipping. Just use the code STAYHOME during checkout and you can get the original game (opens in new tab) for just $13.99 instead of $20. Save on the add-ons, extra cards, or even any of the other games sold by the same group like On a Scale of One to T-Rex (opens in new tab). While you won't be able to take advantage of the sale, you might be able to secure faster shipping by looking for the same game at Walmart (opens in new tab) or Target (opens in new tab), and Target at least has a "Buy 2 Get 1 Free" sale on board games right now.

So how do you play a card game that requires as many as ten people to play (depending on the version you get) while you're sitting at home alone and quarantined? Just check out the handy guide for the renamed Quarantined Kittens (opens in new tab). You can even download a PDF to reference while you play.

Everyone is going to need their own deck of the game, and you want to make sure you all have the same cards. You're going to remove some cards and re-arrange some others to create a new modified deck. Then instead of a draw pile you're going to create a Draw Grid, and each time you end your turn the person who went before you will tell you which card from the Grid you're going to draw, so you need to make the grid visible on your video. Then, when you eventually get explodered, just make sure the person who was telling you what card to draw knows who they are communicating with next.

It's not that different from a regular game of Exploding Kittens except you need to take video chat and slow internet into account when you do it. Have fun and take your mind off the craziness of the world by creating some craziness of your own!

J.D. Levite has been in the deals game since 2012. He has posted daily deals at Gizmodo, The Wirecutter, The Sweethome, and now for Thrifter. He was there for the first Prime Day and has braved the full force of Black Friday. If you cut him, he bleeds savings. But don't try it for real. That's a metaphor.