Hey there and welcome to another TTRPG Community interview! These are low key, prewritten interviews which are available to fill out on this page. If you are a part of the TTRPG space in almost any way at all, there should be something for you!
Today, we’re hearing from Superdillin, a queer TTRPG designer and AP performer!
How did you get started making TTRPG content? What motivated you to begin?
I started by trying my hand at making a D&D supplement – it went SO well that I wanted to see what else was out there. A whole new world and art form suddenly became my whole world and I couldn’t be more grateful.
Where do you get your inspiration from?
My friends, our struggles and triumphs, and the weird tensions of every day life.
What was the first thing you ever made? Are you still proud of it?
The first RPG related thing I made was a Neverland inspired setting for D&D, Neverland: The Impossible Island. I’m absolutely still proud of it. It made a lot of misogynists mad, it made a lot of queer nerds happy, and I got a pretty rude crash course on how brutal independent RPG publishing can be. I still think it holds up pretty well. I do happen to think that almost every game I’ve made since has been more interesting, and more fun, but certainly not as popular.
What’s your favourite TTRPG system to create content for?
I don’t really make content for other systems much anymore – I like to make system-agnostic content, or my own micro games. D&D is certainly the easiest to make content for so it can be a fun way to brainstorm sometimes! If I’m going to make something for another system, it’d be pbta, or I’ve been toying with something in the Storyteller system for a while as well.
What other TTRPG systems do you enjoy playing?
As many as I can get my grubby little mitts on. I love Lasers and Feelings, I am enjoying Cypher, I have an old fondness for the Storyteller System which was my first one. There’s too many to count really.
AI has proved to have a huge impact on the TTRPG community. As succinctly as possible, what is your general opinion on the use of AI for writing/content creation?
I think the use of AI for creative function is absolutely mind-numbing. Creativity is like…the one thing that humans all have, and outsourcing it to machines to better monetize creativity instead of just experiencing it makes me so sad for those who are using it.
Are you a part of the LGBTQIA2S+, BIPOC, AAPI, Disabled or any other marginalised community?
Yes, I’m Queer, and living with mental and physical disabilities and chronic illness.
If yes, do you reflect this in the content you create? How important do you think it is for folks of all identities to feel recognised within the games they play?
I wouldn’t even know how to not reflect it in my content. We create things through the lens of our own experiences, so I think if I tried to write a game or character that was not allegorical to any of those things I’d probably fail on accident anyway. I think people who play games are often looking for some safe way to express parts of themselves that they may or may not feel empowered to in every day life – and so many games exist to offer that.
Of all of the things you’ve created, which one is your personal favourite?
I think my favorite game I’ve made is They Don’t Want You To Work. I don’t think it’s for everybody, but it’s the furthest I’ve gone outside the usual box in how I make games normally, and I’m really proud of it.
Tell us about your process when creating. Do you have any tips or tricks for other creators in the same space as you?
Consuming other media. Playing other games, watching shows, reading books and comics. Reflecting on what makes each story you engage with interesting and why.
Shout out a fellow creator! Who in the TTRPG community inspires you? Why do you admire them/their work? Please provide a link to their website/social media.
Viditya Voleti is such an inspiration to me. His games are so deeply interesting and funny and well-made and occasionally heart-wrenching, and his philosophy on games and game design speaks right to my soul. I love him very very much.
Are you playing in any TTRPG campaigns at the moment? Tell us about your favourite character!
Yes! My current long-running campaign of Starfinder is for the podcast The Atomless, it’s a really amazing, immersive game and while I love my character, Ayg (a cinderella esque rat who can talk to computers) I’m a huge fan of our GM’s notable NPC, Scrap, also a Ysoki, who has such a heartbreaking past that we’re only now discovering.
What’s your favourite book, TV show, or film?
Goodness. That’s so hard, I love media so much this is a HUGE question to me. I’m picking one at random and saying Being Human (US) because I’m rewatching it right now.
Tell us a fact about yourself that others might struggle to believe.
I have been unhoused for two, somewhat brief, periods of time in my life.
Which subject do you wish you knew more about?
The internet. I cannot for the life of me understand even a little bit how it works.
What is your favourite smell?
Idk if this is a basic answer but Patchouli. I could soak in it and be very happy
If you could listen to only one song for the next 7 days, which one would you choose?
Death Rattle by The Prize Fighter Inferno. I probably have listened to it exclusively for that long in the past.
If you could give the current chapter of your life a name, what would it be?
More Gay Than You Thought
Would you rather own a horse the size of a cat or a cat the size of a horse?
Tiny horse, no question
Where should folks go to find out more about you, and/or check out your content?
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