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A worker placement strategy game by Nathan Mehlhorn


DUCKS IN A ROW is a 2-4 player worker placement strategy game created for Button Shy Games' June/July 2020 18 card challenge. The goal for the players is to achieve one of two objectives:  either get all of the ducks in a specified colored order or obtain enough bread resources.

What's in the Box?

Each copy of DUCKS IN A ROW contains the following:

  • A 6 page rulebook
  • 5 double-sided duck cards
  • 6 double-sided goal cards
  • 7 double-sided action cards

There are two versions of these cards for PNP purposes. One is the original high contrast design but isn't at all printer friendly. The second version is more printer friendly as it requires a lot less ink.

Finally, you'll find Tabletop Simulator files for this game with instructions for porting the files into the game. I wanted this game to be as easy as possible for folks to play even if they can't meet up in person for any reason.

What You'll Need

You will either need a printer and a way to cut out the included cards or a copy of Tabletop Simulator for each person you wish to play the game with. Otherwise, everything is provided for you in the free download.

What's the Cost?

As this was created for Button Shy Games' competition, this game will be completely free for anyone who wishes to try it out for the duration of the judging period. What happens after that will depend on the contest results when they are announced by September 29, 2020.*

*A winner was finally announced and at this time I am simply changing this to a PWYW model so you can support me if you like the game.


A big thanks to Reddit user math_monkey for inspiring this game. Not only did they give me the idea for this title, they also were incredibly supportive throughout the creation of the game. Seriously, you are awesome!

This game was written and created by Nathan Mehlhorn in association with Jon Spencer Reviews.

Jon Spencer Reviews

Thank You & Feedback Request

Finally, thank you so much for checking out DUCKS IN A ROW, I hope you enjoy it! Be sure to rate and share the game. If you have any feedback on the game, I gladly welcome it, though I ask you keep it as constructive as possible. Saying, "Great game!" or, "I really hated it!" doesn't tell me much about what I did well or not.


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Is there a printer-friendly version of the rules available?

Thank you for your question. Currently there is not a printer- friendly version of the rulebook. I originally created this for a contest and at the time I wasn't permitted to make a printer-friendly edition.

That said, if you really need one, I can make one for you sometime tomorrow or the day after when I'm home. At the moment, I don't have access to my computer with this file, which is the only reason for the delay.


I would like a printable rule set.  I want to make a few copies of this for my school game club when I am able to bring it back.  Plus, I find white text on back backgrounds very hard on the eyes.  Sorry about taking a while to respond.; I was having computer issues.

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No worries, I can make you a plain copy but the pictures will still be in there. This will allow you to print B&W with little issue but will use a little more ink than my other printer-friendly editions. I'd remove the pictures entirely but this rulebook was written with them in mind as reference for the competition so I don't have a better solution beyond rewriting the whole book itself. Anyway, keep your eye on the page and I can get this uploaded tonight (give me maybe an hour or so).

EDIT - Got to this faster than expected, please redownloaded the zip file and you should find the new BW rulebook :)


Thank you

Sure thing, have fun!


A very good game! It really pushes the limits of only having so many cards and the concept of the game is nice and unique!  A multi directional puzzle with plenty of ways to win and trick you opponents.  Great game with the potential to turn into a classic at small parties!

Thank you so much for the kind words! I'm very glad to hear you enjoyed the game and think so highly of it, especially given the design limitations for the competition.


Another solid game from Jon Spencer Reviews! Easy to pick up and play, and TONS of opportunity for replayability. Definitely bringing a copy for my students next year!

Thank you so much! I'm glad you've enjoyed my content so much :)