The Crew: The Quest for Planet 9 Rules

Astronauts wanted! Scientists say there is a mysterious ninth planet located at the edge of our solar system. But despite all of their efforts, so far they have been unable to provide substantial evidence of its existence. Join this exciting space adventure to find out if the theories are just science fiction or if you will discover Planet Nine.

In this cooperative trick-taking game you need to complete 50 different missions. But you will only succeed if you can work together as a team. To master the challenges and achieve your mission, communication will be essential - but in space, things can be more difficult than you expect ...

Game Materials

40 Large cards(playing cards)

  • 36 color cards
  • 4 rocket cards
  • 5 large reminder cards

36 small cards

16 tokens

  • 10 task tokens
  • 5 radio communication tokens
  • 1 distress signal token

1 commander token

1 rulebook/logbook


The Crew Is a cooperative, mission-based trick-taking game. What does this mean? 


Decoding the Braille:

Both sets of cards will have the number(a dropped letter like in Nemeth) followed by the suit, R for red, y for yellow, b for blue, g for green and t for trump.

The tokens either will say 1,2,3,4,5 or a,b,c,d,e. The letters without the numbers are for the arrow tokens and represent 1,2,3,4 or 5 arrows respectively. O is for the omega token.


You win together, or you lose together - only if each of you is successful, and you help each other, will you be able to complete the missions and win the game.


Your journey spans 50 different missions, each with a unique win condition, which you play through consecutively as a cohesive story. But you can also play the missions out of order if that is your preference. The missions can be found In the logbook at the end of this rulebook.

You will probably not be able to play through this adventure all at once. Therefore, it is best to get together on several different occasions to play through all of the missions. The first few missions rarely take more than five minutes to complete. However, later on, you will need more time for each individual mission, as they get progressively harder.

Trick-taking game

All of the cards are distributed to "The Crew" (the players), and then, in turn order each player plays one of his or her own cards face up in the middle of the table. This playing of one card by each is called the "trick. n The player who places the card with the highest value wins the trick, but only if that player has followed suit

There are five card suits: pink, blue, green, yellow, and rocket cards. Following suit means that each player must "follow" the suit choice of the first player; i.e., you have to play a card of the same type. Only if you do not have a card of this suit may you play a card of a different suit.

However, the trick can only be won with cards that have followed suit The card with the highest numeric value in the designated suit wins the trick. A trick that has been won is set aside face down. You may only take a look at the cards from the trick won most recently.

During a trick, there is no mandate to play a specific card. If you have multiple cards that you can play, you may play a low card, even though you would have been able to win the trick with a higher card. In other words, you are not forced to win the trick.

The rocket cards are trump cards. This means that they always win the trick, no matter which other cards are in play. During a color-suited trick, a rocket may only be played if a card in the color suit cannot be played. If a rocket card is played first, this will establish the suit and must be followed if possible. If several rockets are in contention, the one with the highest value wins.

The following examples show which card type (or suit) has to be played -i.e., which card was first played in the trick: 

 yellow 2, yellow 8, yellow 6

The yellow 8 and 6 were played following the suit established by the first card
played, the yellow 2 8 is higher and thus wins the trick

green 5 green 3 red 9

The green 3 establishes the suit. 5 is higher and thus wins the trick. Because even though 9 had the highest value it did not follow suit and thus cannot win.

In The Crew, it's always about the right players winning the right tricks. You're really going to need to coordinate to accomplish the mission. 



An important rule in this game is that you cannot talk about the cards in your hand. You are not allowed to show, say or suggest to other crew members which cards you have. But there is a possibility of communication in the form of
radio communication tokens. Each of you has one radio communication token, which can be used exactly once per mission. It may be used at any time before a trick, but never during it. If you fail in a mission attempt, you may of course use it again during the next attempt.

If there are task cards in the game, you must first divide them among you, before you can communicate. We will explain task cards later.

blue 7, 1 rocket, blue 3

The blue 7 was played. 7 is higher and would win the trick but the 1 card is a rocket card and rocket cards are trump cards, so it wins the trick

3 rocket, 2 rocket, 4 rocket


The first card played was the 3 of rockets. As such 2 and 4 both played rockets as well. The highest rocket in the trick is 4 therefore it wins the trick

If you want to communicate, take one of your color cards and put it face up in front of you so everyone can see it This card remains part of your set of cards, so it can be played in the normal way. The only difference is that every other crew member now knows you have this card as well. Then place your radio communication token with the green side up on the card to give your crew members even more information:

> At the top, if it is your highest card of this color.
> In the middle, if it is your only card of this color.
> At the bottom, if it is your lowest card of this color.

Since you are playing with blind players, announce where you put the token so everyone knows.

One of these conditions must apply; Otherwise, you are not allowed to choose that card to communicate with. Rocket cards may never be communicated! 

The placement of the radio communication tokens may not be changed if the statement is no longer correct. For example, a communicated "highest• card may become the "only" card during the game. Nevertheless, the radio communication token may not be moved. 

After placing a card and radio communication token, take one of the reminder cards into your hand. Its purpose is to remind you that your communicated card is still on the table. If you play it, you can put down the reminder card again. When you do this, flip the radio communication token to the red side to indicate that you have already communicated in this mission.

Reminder cards look different from all other cards on both sides of the card, so your crew members can see that you have a reminder card in your hand.

Mission Preparation

carry out the following steps before each mission:

1. Shuffle the 40 large playing cards and distribute them face down and equally to all crew members.
If there are three of you playing, one person will get one more card than the rest After the last trick, the card that is left remains unplayed.

2. Each person puts a radio communication token with the green side up in front of himself or herself. Put a reminder card for everyone at the ready.
3. Place the distress signal token face down.
4. Shuffle the 36 small task cards and put them down as a concealed pile. Keep the task tokens handy.


Mission Sequence

In most missions you will have to fulfill a certain number of tasks. These tasks are indicated with task cards, which are smaller versions of the color cards. Unless a mission dictates otherwise, crew members divide mission tasks among themselves. You can discern how many tasks there are by means of this symbol: II

Take the specified number of task cards from the task card deck and place them face up in the center of the table. All other task cards are not required for carrying out the current mission. Now look at the cards in your hands. Whoever has the four rocket announces this and is the commander for the current mission. This crew member receives the commander token as a reminder.
Your commander will always be the first to choose a task card from the center of the table and place it face up in front of himself or herself. Then everyone else will take a task card. 

Each crew member selects a task card one at a time until all the tasks have been distributed. Each player could get several tasks and not all players will necessarily have the same number of tasks.

In the first missions there are only a few tasks. Not everyone will have a task and the tasks are often played out quickly.

Example setup and card distribution for mission 18 in the logbook: Tom has the O rocket This means he is the commander for this mission and will be the first to choose one of the task cards. He chooses the pink 1 , since he has the pink 9 in his hand and the pink 1 should be easy to win. Julia and Daniel each choose a blue task. Caro only has the choice between green and yellow and decides to play green. Since there is still a task in the middle, Tom has to take the remaining yellow task card. It won't be easy to fulfill this task since his hand does not contain any yellow cards

A task Is fulfilled when a crew member wins a trick containing the playing card matching one of his or her task cards. He or she then turns the corresponding task card over, face down in front of himself or herself. A crew member can also fulfill several tasks with the same trick. As soon as each one of you has completed your own tasks, you have completed the mission successfully and can start the next mission immediately. Upon the successful completion of a mission you should enter in the logbook how many attempts you needed to complete that mission.

If a player wins even a single playing card for which another player has the corresponding task card, you lose immediately and have to restart the mission from the beginning. For each new attempt, you reshuffle all the cards, deal each crew member new cards, and receive new tasks.

Once all the tasks have been distributed, the commander starts the first trick. And then for the remainder of the mission attempt, the person who won the previous trick always starts the next trick.

Some missions do not use task cards. During these missions, the commander will start the first trick.


As commander, Tom starts the game. He opens the first trick with his pink 9 and hopes to win the pink

1 . Julia plays a pink 5 in the trick. Daniel does not have any pink cards in his hand and therefore plays a card of his choice: the yellow

2. Caro has a pink 1 and plays it in the trick. Tom has the highest value of the pink cards played and thus wins the trick. His task, to win the pink 1 , is thereby fulfilled and he turns over his task card. 



You now know all the basic rules and can start with your first mission. To do so, flip this book over and read the logbook.
You will find information about the degree of difficulty and a help system, in case you need some support

Later on the sheet new rules and symbols are explained. You will come across them in your logbook.

Finally the game is explained for playing with two players.


A well-intentioned piece of advice: Do not be under the illusion that the tasks ahead are always easy. You will find that with every game you get better and every setback improves your understanding of the processes and your ability to play the game. In general, the 50 missions get increasingly more difficult as you progress. We therefore recommend that you play them in order. With four players, in the first mission alone there are over 42 trillion possible ways that the cards can be distributed and in later missions the number is even greater. It can therefore happen that a mission proves to be surprisingly simple or unexpectedly difficult due to the card distribution. Accept that - the universe does not cooperate. The gameplay of The Crew will vary depending on the number of players. Playing with three players will be a smaller challenge than playing with four or even five players.

You may also experience a situation when looking at your (remaining) cards where you become convinced that you cannot accomplish the mission. Withhold the urge to communicate this to your crew members or to reveal your cards. Far too often a detail is overlooked, forgotten, or too hastily judged. In such a situation, simply play out the round - it won't take long, and you may still emerge victorious.


When the going gets tough, you can count on the support of your ground team even when you're in space. At the beginning of each mission, after distributing all of the playing cards and, if applicable, task cards, but before any crew member communicates, you can send a distress signal to the control center on Earth. In order to do so, decide together whether you want to make use of this assistance, then turn the distress signal token to its active side (satellite).


Then immediately circle the distress signal field of the current mission in the logbook. Each crew member now has to hand over one of his or her cards to his or her neighbor. Rocket cards cannot be passed on! Decide together if you will pass the cards to the left or the right Everyone has to pass in the same direction! Then the mission starts and follows the standard rules.

The distress signal token will remain active until you complete the current mission. No matter how many tries you need, at the beginning of each attempt you can pass a card to the left or to the right to a crew member next to you. Even if you don't use it, the token remains active.

Only when you start a new mission do you turn the token over again to inactive.
The use of the distress signal token will be noted in your score. After each successful mission, you will enter in the logbook the number of attempts that you needed to complete the mission. If your distress signal field is circled, you must increase this number by one.

Use this help at your own discretion. If you want your adventure to be a bit easier overall, you can use the help immediately on your first attempt Each mission can also be completed without the use of the distress signal token!


Task tokens
In many of the missions, task tokens are used. Each token is then assigned to a task card. These specify the conditions for the respective card, that must be observed while fulfilling the task.
There are the following task tokens:

1 - the task must be fulfilled first

2 - the task must be fulfilled second

3- the task must be fulfilled third

4 - the task must be fulfilled fourth

5 - the task must be fulfilled fifth

omega - the task must be fulfilled last

> - the task must be fulfilled anytime before >>

>> - the task must be fulfilled anytime after >

>>> - the task must be fulfilled anytime after >>

>>>> - the task must be fulfilled anytime after >>>

Violating the task order condition will immediately cause the mission to fail.
The task token 1– does not mean that the task must be fulfilled in the first trick - it only has to be fulfilled first out of all the pending tasks.

It can happen that several tasks with task tokens are won by a single crew member in the same trick. If these task tokens are consecutive, for example, 2– and 3– ,or >>– and >>>, both are considered to have been correctly fulfilled, regardless of which was played first.

The mission description shows how many task cards and which task tokens are to be used. If you are playing with task tokens, first place the indicated task tokens face up in the center of the table. Then draw the task cards and place them from left to right, starting with the first task token. No token

Initially the tokens have to be placed  next to each other

Then the task cards are drawn and are placed next to each other, face up from left to right, starting with the first token

The distribution of the task cards happens as previously described. If you take a task card, you must also take any corresponding task token.

Number and arrow tokens both specify an order. Arrow tokens give you more flexibility in fulfilling your tasks than the number tokens:

Dead Zone

If your mission shows this symbol, your communications have been disrupted and you only have limited communication.

When you want to communicate, place your card in front of you as you normally
would. It must meet one of the three conditions (highest, single, or lowest of the cards in your hand, in the color suit. You are not however, allowed to place your radio communication token on the card. Instead flip it over to the red side and put it next to the card. The other crew members must now use their intuition to decide what information is being transmitted.


If a mission shows this symbol, your communication is completely interrupted for a short period of time. The number will tell you during which trick communication can begin once again. Until then, no crew member can communicate about a card. Starting from the named trick, regular communication rules apply.


Commander's decision

If a mission displays this symbol, place the specified number of task cards face down in the middle of the table. After each player has reviewed their cards, your commander asks each crew member, whether they see themselves fit to take on all of the tasks. It may only be answered with "yes" or "no.• Afterwards, your commander decides who

actually receives the assignment and reveals the task cards. The mission is fulfilled when the crew member has completed all the tasks. Your commander may not choose himself or herself.

Commander's distribution

If a mission displays this symbol, your commander takes over the distribution
of the task cards. Prepare the mission as usual, but do not place any task
cards open in the middle of the table.
Your commander now uncovers a task card and asks each crew member in
turn whether he or she wants to take on the task. It may only be answered with "yes" or "no"

Afterwards, your commander decides who actually receives the assignment He or she can also choose himself or herself. Repeat the process until all of the tasks are distributed.

Note, however, that the tasks must be evenly distributed: At the end of the distribution, no one may have two tasks more than another crew member. If task tokens are in use, they must be distributed with the task cards; i.e., the first task token with the first task card, etc.



The basic sequence of the game does not change with five crew members. But you must be aware that with five players, the game presents a special challenge. Above all, in the later stages of your adventure, it brings an enormous increase
in the degree of difficulty. But if you are playing with five players, eternal fame is certain.
All rules apply as previously described, there is only one additional rule for missions with task cards added.
These may be used from mission 25 onwards. As a reminder, all missions from 25 on, where this additional rule applies, have a golden border around their mission numbers. After you have distributed the playing cards and the task cards and before the first trick starts, one crew member can hand over his or her own task card to another crew member. Decide together who hands over a task card and who should take it on without revealing anything about your cards. You may also use this additional rule in missions 27 and 37.

After handing over the task card, one crew member has one more task and one member has one less than before. The total number of tasks does not change, so you may not place a task back on the stack. You do not have to increase the number of attempts in the logbook by one when you use this additional rule.



The Crew is best when played with a crew of three or more. Nevertheless, you can also explore the infinite vastness of outer space with the following mission structure:

1. Put the four rocket card aside.
2. With the rest of the 39 large playing cards, put seven face down in a row, one next to another. Then put an additional seven cards face up in a row on the first seven covered cards.
3. Shuffle the four rocket in with the remaining cards and distribute these face down and evenly among both of the crew members, so that each has 13 cards.
4. Each crew member puts a radio communication token with its green side up in front of himself or herself, as well as a reminder card.
5. Place the distress signal tokens face down.
6. Shuffle the 36 small task cards and display them as
a face-down stack. Keep the task tokens handy.


When playing with two players, the commander role is also carried out by the player with the four rocket. The tasks of the commander remain unchanged (starts the task selection, starts the first trick, and, if necessary, follows any special rules of the missions).

Additionally, your commander takes over the administration of JARVIS. JARVIS is an artificial intelligence system that will accompany you on your adventure. It is represented by the double row of 14 cards that offer solutions to each situation. Since JARVIS is an entity without a body, your commander must make decisions for it JARVIS is treated as a third crew member. However, during JARVIS' turn

to play, your commander always decides which of the open cards should be played in the trick. The second crew member cannot thereby discuss it Even when choosing the task cards, your commander will decide which tasks JARVIS will take. Treat JARVIS just like any other crew member and decide where JARVIS should •sit•

 Only the face-up cards from JARVIS can be played. when a face-up card has been played, the card below will be revealed, but only after the completion of the trick and not before. 


• No communication is also communication. This means that often, you can directly attempt to win your tasks, when no one communicates.
• Most of the time it is easier to win a card that you
don't have in your hand. This is especially true for the low-value cards.
• With rockets, you can easily win cards of a color you do not have in hand.
• Don't forget that the four rocket always wins a trick, as it is the highest card in the game.
• Being able to fulfill multiple tasks in one go is worth gold. Consider this when choosing your tasks.
• If you only have the eight and the nine of one color in your hand, it is preferable to communicate the eight as the lowest card instead of the nine as the highest So you can make it clear that you also have the nine.


Challenge for 3

If you want a greater challenge for three players, try the following variant

• When setting up the game, return all green playing cards and task cards as well as the rocket card with the value of one to the box. Then start playing with the usual rules.
• All special rules for the missions in the logbook apply.
• Only missions 13 and 44 are affected by this change. You do not have to win a trick with the rocket card with the value one.

The Author

Thomas Sing born in 1961, lives in the town of Constance on Lake Constance. Some years ago, the graduate economist bought a large corner store with his friends. This gave him enough time for his hobbies: mathematics, Miss Lu pun, and of course, inventing games. 

During his schooldays, Thomas Sing was a world record holder in Ludo and thus made his way into the Guinness Book of Records.
His first game for Kosmos, The Crew, has brought together the popular worlds of trick-taking games and cooperative games in a fascinating and entirely original way.