The Crew: The Quest for Planet Nine board game
The Crew: The Quest for Planet Nine board game

The Crew: The Quest for Planet Nine

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In the co-operative trick-taking game The Crew: The Quest for Planet Nine, the players set out as astronauts on an uncertain space adventure. What about the rumors about the unknown planet about? The eventful journey through space extends over 50 exciting missions. But this game can only be defeated by meeting common individual tasks of each player. In order to meet the varied challenges, communication is essential in the team. But this is more difficult than expected in space.

With each mission, the game becomes more difficult. After each mission, the game can be paused and continued later. During each mission, it is not the amount of tricks, but the right tricks at the right time that count.

The team wins only if every single player is successful in fulfilling their tasks.

The game comes with 50 missions. Three more missions were published in spielbox 2/2020

It is based on the mechanics of Tressette, that is a traditional Italian trick-taking card game.

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  • It's the kind of co-op game i can get behind. I played this game with 3 and i think i would like this game more if we had 4 players. One of the missions we played (choose one player to never win a trick) just felt broken with 3 players and the puzzle felt dull and obvious after you lose once.
  • fun little card game. I think It's a tad overrated because there's not much to it, but there's still endless possibilities and it's fun to play with friends you're comfortable with
  • 5/21/2020 | 4 plays | 6/10 | This game just is not for me. There are too many hands where the task feels insurmountable and the luck of the draw too harsh. By the time a mission is completed, it feels like too little too late. The cooperative nature is interesting, but it ultimately causes there to be a sense of aimlessness. Yes, there is a linear set of missions, but it would be rare that I would play this enough with one group to actually see the end of that story.5/26/2020 | Sold on Facebook. The review says it all. Not my game.
  • Seriously addictive co-op trick-taker. I've played quite a bit of different trick-taking games and have my established favorites, but The Crew shot easily right into that prestigious Top 5. It's evident that there's something special here, since my sessions always stretch for multiple hours with "just one more deal" mentality.While the difficulty of the individual deals can vary wildly, it's not a big problem since the game plays fast and another attempt is just 10 minutes away. The Crew will probably not ever overtake my absolute favorites like Tichu, but this is a game that shouldn't be missed.
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#Inis would hold the most interest for me. Followed by #The Quest for El Dorado .  If I didn't already own #The Crew: The Quest for Planet Nine it would probably be #2.

2 more scenarios of #Gloomhaven won the 2nd scenario pretty easily and got crushed on the 4th scenario.  Drew way to many critical misses and took forever to kill the last skelton in the middle room to have any shot. 

Did approx 20 games of #The Crew: The Quest for Planet Nine online at BGA with some buddies over 2.5 hrs.  Had such a fun time.  It was the first time for one of the guys so we started at the beginning.  Did 1 - 8, jumped to 23 - 26 then jumped to 48 and 49.  The only problem with this game is the fact that because games are so fast, the oh just one more hand temptation is pretty high.  Not sure when we would have stopped if we didn't stop when we did.

The stress is a real thing! Not everyone enjoys that, which is why it doesn't get played more.  But if you can find 8 people who want to play... hot dang! You are in for a good time!

I also tend to like games that make you extrordinarily frustrated with people that you should be cooperating with, the kind of game that makes your allies feel like enemies.  Ha! #Magic Maze #The Mind #The Crew: The Quest for Planet Nine

Really enjoying #The Crew: The Quest for Planet Nine right now! Itsa great introduction to the hobby for outsiders who like trick taking. Its immediately familiar and yet very different.

Had a full day of gaming on Saturday.

  1. Have a friend come into town just to learn how to play #Gloomhaven - did the first scenario and won prett easily.  He really enjoyed and of the 4 new games he learned today was his favorite. 
  2. Then taugh him #Dice Throne: Season Two - Gunslinger vs. Samurai - He was able to evade about 40pts worth of damage so despite the fact that I had a 15 pt health lead at one point came down to a 6 to 5 health value before I was able to do 7 non-defendable damage for the win. 
  3. Had another guy show up and we did 2 games of #Dice Settlers - we screwed up a couple of rules in the first game that we corrected for the 2nd.  Really enoyable experience.
  4. After a quick pizza break had the 4th show up so we did 2 #Flamme Rouge races.  I won the first game with some well timed sprinter break away.  The second race had a long uphill climb towards the finish and I raced my sprinter out to an early lead.  The peleton caught it 2 steps from the finish line.  Ended up in 3rd place behind both of Red's racers. 
  5. Had one guy leave and other show for a 4 player game of #The Godfather: Corleone's Empire.  I finished a pretty close 2nd place.  Love this game.
  6. Ended the night doing just one game of #The Crew: The Quest for Planet Nine for 2.25 hours!!  Did 14 scenarios for a total of 22 hands.  Really enjoyed.

All told almost 13 hours of gaming for me on Saturday.

Yeah it's been really great! Well at least in pre-covid times. My fiancée actually found the group for me because she thought I needed an outlet for my new found hobby haha. And actually, let me tell you all about how awesome it is to be able to play different games... lol

So everytime I'd go to a meetup, I'd try to play something new that I hadn't played before. If I couldn't do that or got roped into a game I have played, I made sure it was something I obviously enjoyed. Having that access made me not want to purchase anything for myself because I had the group and could just ask someone else to bring a game I wanted to play. Like I said once covid hit, all bets were off. I've purchased/traded for far too many board games than I could count since March. Not having that space to be able to try new things has made me be the sole provider for our games. The fiancée would tell you we do not need anymore and I'm sad to admit she's absolutely right.

At least until we get a bigger house maybe with some built in shelves hahahahaha

I do like the advice of asking people why they like the games that they like and trying to build off that. I think by now I have a pretty good idea of what to recommend to people based on games they like to play. For example, one of my friends is big on trick taking card games like Hearts. I sent him a couple of links to games like #The Fox in the Forest and #The Crew: The Quest for Planet Nine as entry level points into taking that genre to the next level for him. No telling if he actually listened but I'm trying!


Kinda roundabout for me--through RPG's (D&D), which I started as much for my son (9 yrs old then, just turned 10) as for myself, to try to entice him with an alternative to his immersion in video games.  Then came across #Call to Adventure and #Tapestry as a way of trying to bring my wife into gaming with us as well.  She enjoys the story-building/telling in Call to Adventure but never took an interest in Tapestry.  My son, however, fell into Tapestry with me (his strategic mind blows me away, and he beats me as often as I do him), and from there I tried #Cyclades with him, since he became obsessed with Greek Mythology through the Percy Jackson books.

I began also to discover the whole ecosystem of board gaming content on YouTube and have been particularly influenced by channels such as Rahdo and Shut Up and Sit Down, and also couples such as Ant Lab Games and Before You Play who have given me an appreciation for thinkier Euros.  I am discovering that beyond the gameplay itself, theme and artwork are quite important to me in my enjoyment of and immersion in the games I play, and the whole #Mysthea / #Icaion thing definitely pushes those buttons for me.  I acquired #Anachrony not too long ago and am still waiting to give it a go. I've loved #Trickerion--still just a bit daunted by the complexity of Anachrony but really want to get to it sooner rather than later...! 

These days, of course, much of my gaming is solo.  I never really found a gaming group outside my family before COVID hit.   My wife doesn't have much interest in longer games, so it's mostly #Codenames, #The Crew: The Quest for Planet Nine, or (most recently) #Coup that hits the table for my family--and I do very much enjoy those games with them as well.  I am holding out hopes of drawing my wife into a game of #Wingspan some time.  It's hit or miss pulling my son away from his Minecraft or Roblox online.  We did make it through a full campaign of #Arcadia Quest over the past 2 months, where he trounced me soundly.  I've got #Gloomhaven: Jaws of the Lion waiting in the wings... ;-) 

Thanks again for taking the interest to ask!--longer answer, probably, than you were looking for, but it was nice for me to reflect on my path down the rabbit hole...

Starting the hobby with $200 (minus shipping) -- trying for a range of levels and types of games within my interests, and with some broad enough accessibility to bring friends and family to the table:

#Codenames $14 - Good accessible party game my whole family loves

#Santorini $17 - Quick fun puzzly game with great table presence and variability with god powers

#The Crew: The Quest for Planet Nine $11 - Great way to pull in traditional card players who love trick taking games

#Wingspan $50 - Great popular gateway game that can bring in lots of friends deeper into the hobby; good solo mode too

#Trickerion - $60 - My current favorite mid/heavy Euro - so glad to see a new printing coming, as it is otherwise hard to find

#Whistle Mountain - $48 - One of my most anticipated upcoming releases--sold on it after watching Rahdo run through

haha so good. does it play similar to #The Crew?

I second #Diamonds and #6 Nimmt! 

I would also recommend:

  1. #The Fox in the Forest
  2. #Bohnanza
  3. #Silver & Gold
  4. #Arboretum
  5. #High Society
  6. #Point Salad
  7. #For Sale
  8. #Love Letter
  9. #The Mind
  10. #12 Days
  11. #Sushi Go Party!
  12. #The Crew: The Quest for Planet Nine (Maybe an Honorable Mention - depending on how you want to count the component list)

As you can see I love card games ;)

Oh man!  Great idea.  How did I miss this last time?

For me:

  1. #Tawantinsuyu: The Inca Empire
  2. #Civilization: A New Dawn with #Civilization: A New Dawn - Terra Incognita
  3. #The Crew: The Quest for Planet Nine
  4. #Istanbul
  5. #Cities: Skylines - The Board Game

The Crew and Istanbul are pretty interchangeable.  I think the Crew hit better this week when we played it but Istanbul could be third easily as well.

I played the following 5 games since Sunday from favorite to least favorite among these 5.

  1. #Fort
  2. #Wingspan
  3. #The Crew: The Quest for Planet Nine x 9
  4. #Ecos: First Continent
  5. #Tales & Games: The Hare and the Tortoise

#Specter Ops: Broken Covenant= Great game, might be my best game to get to the table because it's an easy setup and isn't too long. I love all-vs-one games

#Memoir '44= My favorite wargame. Takes a while to setup, but it's simple and really fun

#Architects of the West Kingdom= I'm not a very big fan of worker placement games, but this one comes together nicely and I like the artwork

#The Crew: The Quest for Planet Nine= My friend owns this and we played it several times so far. It's a neat little card game, and we had fun being idiots together and failing everything

#Ticket To Ride= My least favorite, but it's still a solid fun game. Easy to play with my family