Disney Lorcana
DesignersRyan Miller and Steve Warner
Release dateAugust 18, 2023; 4 months ago (2023-08-18)
TypeTrading card game
Players2 or more

Disney Lorcana is a collectible card game released by Ravensburger in collaboration with The Walt Disney Company in late 2023.[1][2][3] It is Ravensburger's first trading card game[4] and features characters from throughout Disney's film history. The game competes with other popular collectible card games like Magic: The Gathering and the Pokémon Trading Card Game.[5] Ravensburger North America CEO Filip Francke described Lorcana as "probably the largest investment that we have ever done into any type of project and initiative".[5]

A set of seven promotional cards were given away to attendees at the 2022 D23 Expo.[1] The premier set, "The First Chapter", was released to board game stores on August 18, 2023 and major retailers on September 1, 2023.[6]

Development and release

In June 2023, shortly before the game's release, Ravensburger and game co-designer Ryan Miller were sued by the latter's former employer, Upper Deck Company. The suit alleged that Disney Lorcana utilized game design elements from an unreleased trading card game, originally named "Shell Beach" and then renamed as Rush of Ikorr, which Miller worked on while at Upper Deck.[7][8][9][10] Ravensburger had filed a motion to dismiss the lawsuit.[11]

At an early release event at Gen Con tabletop game convention, customers waited in hours-long lines to purchase starter decks and booster packs.[12] Cards with particularly high rarity quickly resold for hundreds of dollars prior to the game's initial release,[13] while the promotional cards from the 2022 D23 Expo resold for prices between $1,000 and $3,000.[14]


With decks made up of at least 60 cards,[15] players produce "ink", a resource that allows cards representing characters, items, and song lyrics from Disney media to be summoned.[16] Turns follow a sequence of generating ink, playing cards, using actions from cards, and challenging opposing opponents' character cards. While interacting with each other's cards, players attempt to accrue twenty points (known in game as "lore") before their opponent.[12][17]


The first expansion, "Chapter 2: Rise of the Floodborn", was released on November 17, 2023.[18] This 204 card expansion added characters from Pinocchio, The Jungle Book, The Great Mouse Detective, and other properties, and introduced a "Resist" game mechanic.[19]


Lorcana has been received well, having a score of 7.3 on BoardGameGeek,[20] a Recommended from Polygon,[21] and winning Best Ongoing Card Game at the 2023 Tabletop Awards.[22]


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  3. ^ Sowa, Alexander (2022-09-19). "Disney's Lorcana Mixes Mickey Mouse With Magic: The Gathering". CBR.
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  8. ^ Hall, Charlie (2023-06-07). "Disney Lorcana launch threatened by Upper Deck lawsuit". Polygon. Retrieved 2023-07-13.
  9. ^ Dinsdale, Ryan (2023-06-12). "Disney Lorcana Still Targeting August Launch, Calls 'Stolen Game' Allegations 'Baseless'". IGN. Retrieved 2023-07-13.
  10. ^ "Games lawyer decodes Upper Deck's Disney Lorcana lawsuit". Wargamer. 2023-06-12. Retrieved 2023-07-13.
  11. ^ Meehan, Alex (2023-07-13). "Disney Lorcana studio calls Upper Deck lawsuit "more of a PR stunt than a genuine legal dispute"". Dicebreaker. Retrieved 2023-08-01.
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  13. ^ Dinsdale, Ryan (9 August 2023). "Disney Lorcana Cards Are Already Selling for Hundreds of Dollars". IGN. Retrieved 30 August 2023.
  14. ^ Lambertsen, Carrie (30 July 2023). "All D23 Disney Lorcana Cards (& How Much They're Worth)". Screenrant. Retrieved 30 August 2023.
  15. ^ "Disney Lorcana Trading Card Game: Quick Start Rules". Ravensburger.com. November 20, 2023. Retrieved November 20, 2023.
  16. ^ Hall, Charlie (17 August 2023). "A Disney Lorcana guide for absolute beginners". Polygon. Retrieved 30 August 2023.
  17. ^ Martens, Todd (25 August 2023). "'Disney Lorcana' aims to shake up the trading card game space". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 30 August 2023.
  18. ^ Disney, La rédaction de Tout (2023-09-23). "Lorcana chapitre 2 : précommande, date de sortie, personnage Disney... tout ce que l'on sait sur Rise of the Floodborn - Tout Disney" (in French). Retrieved 2023-09-23.
  19. ^ "Rise of the Floodborn". www.disneylorcana.com. Retrieved 2023-09-23.
  20. ^ "Disney Lorcana". BoardGameGeek. Retrieved 2023-12-04.
  21. ^ Golovchuk, Stan (2023-07-25). "Disney Lorcana's greatest asset may be its most divisive quality". Polygon. Retrieved 2023-12-04.
  22. ^ Jarvis, Matt (2023-12-02). "Tabletop Awards 2023 winners: this year's best board games, RPGs, designers and publishers". Dicebreaker. Retrieved 2023-12-04.