Five Crowns has five Royal Families (suits) - the Stars, the Clubs, the Hearts, the Spades and the Diamonds. Hand size begins with three cards and increases each deal to 13. Wild cards for each hand are equivalent to the number of cards dealt for that hand. Play is similar to Rummy where players draw cards and attempt to lay-off runs and books. When a player goes out, the cards remaining in the other players' hands are tallied, and added to their score. The goal is to have the lowest score at the end of the game.