Obojima: Tales From The Tall Grass Captures the Charm of Studio Ghibli and the Adventure of Zelda

In Obojima: Tales from the Tall Grass, players will explore a fully-realized world across 250+ pages of adventure compatible with 5E. Inspired by the breathtaking films of Studio Ghibli and The Legend of Zelda, Obojima is from 1985 Games, the creators of Dungeon Craft and VHS dice. The project will arrive on Kickstarter later this summer.

1985 games promises Obojima encapsulates “the cozy nostalgia of your favorite game or movie universe while bringing hundreds of new and interesting options to the table, including playable races, subclasses, spells, magic items, feats, and more.”

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Obojima: Tales From The Tall Grass is broken into two halves. The first half details the island of Obojima and explores its locations, characters, and lore. The second half details hundreds of new player options, as well as a robust collection of monster stat blocks and a new system for Potion Crafting. If the book’s stretch goals are successful, they hope to expand the book’s size by almost 90 additional pages.

The book contains:

  • A detailed Potion Crafting system with 130+ ingredients & 180+ potions to create
  • 8 Subclasses
  • 3 Playable Races
  • 50 Spells
  • 60 Monsters
  • 50 Magic Items
  • The Hero’s Journey Boon System
  • Thematic Feats & Fighting Styles
  • 8 Familiars and Fresh Familiar Mechanics
  • 20 Weapons & Weapon Mechanics
  • 10 In-Depth Chapters on the World & Lore of Obojima

The book will contain hundreds of illustrations depicting the island of Obojima and those who live there. Two artists work to bring this world to life, Varguy Art and Panel Per Day (AKA Scott Higginbotham).

What inspired the world of Obojimia?

In a world full of gritty, grim dark, hyper-realism, 1985 Games desperately wanted a refreshing take for their first 5E supplement. So, Creative Director Jeremiah Crofton looked back to his childhood for inspiration. Growing up, Crofton was an avid console and tabletop gamer, but through the years no other game came close to his love for the wildly popular Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time. This fantasy epic for the Nintendo 64 became increasingly influential in his life and would be the catalyst that brought Crofton to seek out the film Princess Mononoke; which at the time was described to him as Pocahontas meets The Legend of Zelda.

Now, many years later, Crofton is just as passionate about the game series and animation studio he fell in love with as a child. So, when 1985 Games started talking about the possibility of creating their own DnD campaign setting, he felt it was the perfect time to pay homage to the media that have inspired him as a creative for more than a decade.

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The campaign is set to launch at the start of August and will run until the end of the month. The team plans to make this, their ninth Kickstarter, their biggest campaign yet. Early supporters will receive a special gift: a handmade resin twenty sided die, a callback to their 2022 VHS Dice Kickstarter and a thematic tie-in to the world of Obojima itself.

You can follow the project on their Kickstarter preview page.

Since early June, 1985 Games has been releasing playtest material to their community weekly, a practice they plan to continue up to launch day. So far, they have released a collection of creatures, subclasses, and magic items, with more player options still to come.  You can sign up for the playtest here.

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