Disney Lorcana: The First Chapter is a new trading card game that gives us a fresh outlet to play with our favorite Disney characters and create epic crossovers. Would Maleficent and Cruella de Vil be friends or foes? Could Stitch endear himself to the likes of Captain Hook? And would Robin Hood and Elsa make a good team? Those are the six characters that make up the first set of Disney Lorcana trading cards. The game was announced at the D23 Expo but launches in Fall 2023, with new sets released four times a year. The trading cards will show off more original Disney artwork than any other product, and from what we’ve seen so far, the cards are all beautiful.
Disney Lorcana is a partnership with puzzle and game maker Ravensburger, who has lots of other great Disney content. Fans at the D23 Expo were able to buy an exclusive first edition pack of the cards. They also got their hands on an exclusive Mickey Mouse card called “Brave Little Tailor” that isn’t part of the set. The other characters have their own unique abilities. Captain Hook is listed as a forceful duelist and has a sword for a hand. Maleficent appears in her dragon form in the Disney Lorcana trading cards, while Creulla de Vil’s strongest quality is “miserable as usual.” I wonder how that presents itself in gameplay. There’s also Elsa the Snow Queen, Robin Hood the unrivaled archer, and Stitch as a rock star. Certainly an interesting lineup.
As for how the game will work, Ravensburger shared the basic mechanics of the Disney Lorcana game. “Players will take on the mantle of Illumineer, a powerful sorcerer, and band together Disney characters from Lorcana’s “The Great Illuminary,” a treasury of all Disney songs and stories ever made.” Finally, all that Disney knowledge rattling around our brains will win us more than just trivia contests!
Ravensburger has lots of other licensed products from properties like Despicable Me and Minions. There are Star Wars puzzles and an Alien board game. Plus some less obvious partnerships, like a card game for Taco Bell.
Melissa is Nerdist’s science & technology staff writer. She also moderates “science of” panels at conventions and co-hosts Star Warsologies, a podcast about science and Star Wars. Follow her on Twitter @melissatruth.