We’re back with another family game recommendation, one that will have you taking tricks and exploring space: The Crew!
“The Crew: The Quest for Planet Nine” is a 2019 game from Kosmos Games designed by Thomas Sing with art by Marco Armbruster. In the game, players take on the role of astronauts working together to find a mysterious ninth planet at the edge of the solar system. The Crew is a trick-taking game, like Hearts or Spades. But The Crew is not just a trick-taking game, it’s a cooperative trick-taking game. Instead of trying to outscore your opponents, you’re all working together to make sure certain players win certain tricks. Each time you play, you pick one of the 50 missions detailed in the game’s logbook and try to meet its conditions for success.
In this episode, Emily returns for some color commentary on the game, and we talk with our space science correspondents about what makes The Crew a fun family game. Listen here or search for “First Player Token” on your favorite podcast app–and subscribe!
Music: “Open Road,” “Soda Pop,” and “Sunbeam” https://www.purple-planet.com/.
- “Deep Space EVA,” Tabletop Audio, https://tabletopaudio.com/
- “Address at Rice University in Houston, Texas on the Nation’s Space Effort, 12 September 1962,” John F. Kennedy, https://www.jfklibrary.org/asset-viewer/archives/JFKWHA/1962/JFKWHA-127-002/JFKWHA-127-002
- “Spaceship,” Lesion X, https://soundcloud.com/lesionxbeats/spaceship
- “The Eerie Sounds of Saturn’s Radio Emissions,” University of Iowa, https://space-audio.org/cassini/SKR1/