From dozens of card reveals to a first look at the rules and how to play, the first few months of 2023 provided a whirlwind of new information about Disney’s upcoming trading card game (TCG) — Lorcana.
May however, proved to be a quieter month for Lorcana on social media, where Fans who had grown accustomed to daily uploads from the game’s various feeds were suddenly left with just a handful of posts to interact with. Despite social posts slowing to a drip, there was still plenty of information to be uncovered for those who knew where to look.
During their absence from social media, the brand focused their efforts on various tradeshows where attendees were able to get a first-hand look at a few of the cards, along with various sealed product and even the game’s foiling process.
Lorcana’s foils will have what’s known as cold foiling, a process which leaves the cards with a slightly more matte and textured appearance, while still maintaining that sought after sheen. Cold foils are also designed not to warp or curl, which is a huge selling point over normal rainbow foils.
Months ahead of Gen Con, North America’s largest tabletop gaming convention, slots for Lorcana’s events sold out within minutes, and due to the overwhelming demand, had to be limited to one event per-person. The game’s Gen Con debut in August will not only offer full game demos and events, but will also be the first opportunity for fans to purchase products.
Beyond the tradeshows, developer Ravensburger began rolling out Lorcana organized play signups for local game stores, along with partnering with tournament organization platform, Melee, to host the game’s official Hobby Store Application. On the events front, Tournament Center, one of the UK’s biggest tournament organizers, was tapped to assist with events in Europe, while French card and board game publisher, Asmodee, will help with Lorcana’s distribution.
Ravensburger has also stated that the first year of Lorcana organized play will focus on building the player-base through casual leagues and local game nights. This statement lead some to believe that competitive play was not a priority, however developers have since assured players that there will be space for both casual and competitive play in the early stages of Lorcana’s launch.
Lorcana’s The First Chapter is scheduled to release on August 18 in local game stores and September 1 for mass-market retail.
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