Swancon 2016 @ Pan Pacific Hotel,

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16:00

Art Show Registration and Traders

Desiree Heald
Venue: Centre Ballroom (Traders and Art Show)
Tags:
Ends: 18:30
17:00

Dinner

Ends: 18:30
Events Continuing at 17:00
Art Show Registration and Traders From 16:00 until 18:30
18:30

Opening Ceremony

PRK , Evan Beasley, Jack Bridges, Jane Espenson, Lian Hearn, Laura Hodge, Samara Morgan, Michael O'Brien, Fe Waters, Frames White, Isobel White
Venue: South Ballroom (Large Panel Room)
Tag: Core
Ends: 19:00

We officially open SWANCON 2016! Welcome!

Professor Len Collard will be facilitating our welcome to country.
Prof. Collard is a Whadjuk Ballardong Nyungar man with an interest in Australian Indigenous language and place names. As an ARC Chief Investigator with the School of Indigenous Studies at UWA, his groundbreaking theoretical work has put Nyungar cultural research on the local, national and international stages.

Open console gaming

Adam McCaw
Venue: Pilbara (Video Gaming Room)
Tags: Does Not Need Moderator, interactive, Video Games
Ends: 23:30

Come play some consoles! Try new games, play with friends or catch up on a game you haven’t finished yet.

19:00

Meet the AV Guy

Andy Hahn
Venue: Hamersley North (Small Panel Room)
Tags:
Ends: 19:30

Attention Swancon panelists, this session has been allotted for you to come and check out the standard A/V setup of your panel room. Should you require to test your devices, now is the time! Your friendly A/V Guy, Andy Hahn, will be available to chat to if you have any questions or requests.
It will continue directly into Moderating the Moderators

Hitch Hiker's Guide to Swancon

PRK , Naomi Butcher, Michael Cogan, Chris Coman, Kim Fenwick, Owen Godfrey, Brian Johnson, Damian Magee
Venue: Hamersley South (Discussion Room)
Tag: a launch in five parts
Ends: 19:30

#ALaunchInFiveParts – This is the story of that terrible stupid Contastrophe and some of its Consequences. It’s also the story of a Con Book, a Con Book called The Hitch Hiker’s Guide to Swancon.

A series of short “from book” performances, and a welcome to Swancon, for new and old members alike. Come along and get your Pan Galactic Gargle Blaster On.

Undead dilemmas

Jessica Davey
Venue: South Ballroom (Large Panel Room)
Tags: Does Not Need Moderator, presentation, Academic, AdultsOnly
Ends: 20:00

Death comes! What happens to a body after death? Fiction has a history of reanimation, vampires, zombies, ghouls and Frankenstein’s monster. The human body isn’t designed to continue beyond expiration so what environmental challenges would these fictional beings have to contend with? What affects Australian corpses in particular? Full abstract is online at https://2016.swancon.com.au/content/article/60

Z-Z-Z-Zenith

Kitty Byrne, Dave Cake, John Parker
Venue: North Ballroom (Large Panel Room)
Tags: Comics, panel, ExportMe
Ends: 20:00

Or Grant Morrison’s most insane superhero story (And that’s saying something!)
In 1987 no-one expected 2000AD’s first serious superhero to come out of the gates quite like it did. A rock star lead hero (literally signed up by Stock Aitken and Waterman) fighting Cthuloid Ubermench leftovers from perverse Nazi Science, Evil versions of Richard Branson and horrors from beyond the stars (Or are they?) aided by people like a super powered Tory MP and an Aceeed fuelled Robot riding a technicoloured Dinosaur!

Art Show Registration and Late Night Trading


Venue: Centre Ballroom (Traders and Art Show)
Tags:
Ends: 21:00
Events Continuing at 19:00
Open console gaming From 18:30 until 23:30
19:30

Safe Spaces

Maia Bobrowicz, Andy Hahn
Venue: Hamersley South (Discussion Room)
Tags: Core, discussion, Does Not Need Moderator, Does Not Need More Panellists/Presenters, ExportMe, Round table
Ends: 20:00

This discussion is on how to have a good, and safe, time at swancon.
Attendance is expected from all :-) people who are at the Con.

Moderating the Moderators

Frames White
Venue: Hamersley North (Small Panel Room)
Tags:
Ends: 20:00

We run down what moderators should be doing. If you are a moderator, attendance is strongly advised; particularly if you have never been to this program item before.

This is a closed program item is only open to moderators and panelists.

Events Continuing at 19:30
Undead dilemmas From 19:00 until 20:00
Z-Z-Z-Zenith From 19:00 until 20:00
Open console gaming From 18:30 until 23:30
Art Show Registration and Late Night Trading From 19:00 until 21:00
20:00

Why You should run Swancon 2018

Chris Coman, Stephen Griffiths
Venue: Hamersley South (Discussion Room)
Tags: discussion, Does Not Need Moderator, Does Not Need More Panellists/Presenters, ExportMe, Fandom/Conrunning, Round table
Ends: 21:00

Running a Swancon is a good idea.
Recently we have had very few (read no) bids to run.
Why you should not be scared to bid, and the great fun running swancon can be,
Ideally the outcome of this discussion is a skeleton of two competing bids

Crime Fighting Flies

Ellora Ker
Venue: Hamersley North (Small Panel Room)
Tags: Does Not Need Moderator, presentation, Academic
Ends: 20:30

How the great Australian pest is an important resource in crime investigation. The first documented use of entomology (the study of insects) in a forensic setting was in China in the 13th century, when farmers were instructed to lay down their scythes, revealing a murderer by the attraction of flies to their bloodied blade. In the last few decades forensic entomology has developed into an important tool in crime scene analysis. Applications range from the determination of the time since death to detecting the movement of the body, to an analysis of chemicals in a body. Forensic entomology is also applied in cases of food contamination, and in animal or human abuse or neglect situations. Our pesky fellow Aussies can be more helpful than hindrance. Full abstract is online at https://2016.swancon.com.au/content/article/60

Fantasy that is not Western European

PRK , Prema Arasu, Kitty Byrne, Demelza Carlton, Lian Hearn
Venue: North Ballroom (Large Panel Room)
Tags: Fantasy, panel, ExportMe
Ends: 21:00

European Fantasy is actually just Western European. Lets talk Eastern European, as well as all other continents/cultures fantasy.

Does Art Make the Game

Eeshwar , Michael Cogan, Michael O'Brien, Ian O'Toole, Fe Waters
Venue: South Ballroom (Large Panel Room)
Tags: Art, Gaming
Ends: 21:00

We talk about the importance
(or lack) of good art in a games. Where art falls into the design process.
How its use in boardgames differs form RPGs — and art in general

Moderator: Fe Waters

Events Continuing at 20:00
Open console gaming From 18:30 until 23:30
Art Show Registration and Late Night Trading From 19:00 until 21:00
20:30

Let's talk about boobs, baby.

Anna Hepworth
Venue: Hamersley North (Small Panel Room)
Tags: Does Not Need Moderator, presentation, Academic
Ends: 21:00

A rambling discussion of the biology and chemistry of human lactation, not limited to looking at cells in human milk, gene expression, micro RNA and other funky things. Full abstract is online at https://2016.swancon.com.au/content/article/60

Events Continuing at 20:30
Why You should run Swancon 2018 From 20:00 until 21:00
Fantasy that is not Western European From 20:00 until 21:00
Open console gaming From 18:30 until 23:30
Does Art Make the Game From 20:00 until 21:00
Art Show Registration and Late Night Trading From 19:00 until 21:00
21:00

What does a Day at Work look like for me?

Jane Espenson, Rebecca Handcock, Lian Hearn, Michael O'Brien
Venue: North Ballroom (Large Panel Room)
Tags: Creative Works, Fandom/Conrunning, Gaming, TV/Movies, Written Fiction
Ends: 22:00

Hear what a day of work as a RPG/TV/Book Writer/Producer looks like; and the rest of our panellists jobs.

Moderator: Rebecca Handcock

Ch-ch-ch-changeling - The Many Faces of Bowie

Tom Eitelhuber
Venue: South Ballroom (Large Panel Room)
Tags: Does Not Need Moderator, Does Not Need More Panellists/Presenters, ExportMe, presentation, Loud, Music
Ends: 22:00

David Bowie died earlier this year. During his life Bowie was relentlessly creative, working in music, film and other media in a career spanning almost 50 years. Invented characters like Ziggy Stardust have played a fascinating role in Bowie’s output, as he told their stories through concept albums and portrayed them in music videos. Take a brief chronological tour through Bowie’s musical career, with a focus on some of the wonderful masks that were worn by this ever-changing artist.

Discuss: Attracting and Keeping New Members

Doug Burbidge
Venue: Hamersley South (Discussion Room)
Tags: discussion, Does Not Need More Panellists/Presenters, ExportMe, Fandom/Conrunning, Round table
Ends: 22:00

How can we get people who’ve never come to Swancon to come to Swancon?
Swancon’s not exactly low on numbers, but more is always better.
How can we get them, and make them stay even when they are not getting first timer perks?
Let’s brainstorm.
Moderator: Doug Burbidge

New Epics: Deeper Plots, Greater Magics

Jake Alexander, Chris Coman
Venue: Hamersley North (Small Panel Room)
Tags:
Ends: 22:00

This is the coolest new SF*F you must read now today already OK?
This panel will focus on the work of Brandon Sanderon, Brent Weeks, and Patrick Rothfuss; it may touch on others.

Events Continuing at 21:00
Open console gaming From 18:30 until 23:30
22:00

Beefcake The Fourth!

Kitty Byrne
Venue: South Ballroom (Large Panel Room)
Tags: Does Not Need Moderator, Does Not Need More Panellists/Presenters, ExportMe, presentation, AdultsOnly
Ends: 23:30

That’s right, it’s here again! Come along to laugh, drink, and — of course — spend a little time ogling the man candy on offer. 18+ only.

Adult Themes Trailer Park

Lex Burke, David Gunn
Venue: North Ballroom (Large Panel Room)
Tags: ExportMe, Horror, panel, AdultsOnly, Loud
Ends: 23:00

What is the best Horror, and otherwise not child friendly, films coming out in the next few years?

Events Continuing at 22:00
Open console gaming From 18:30 until 23:30
10:00

There is no shame in enjoying Paranormal Romance

Sue Ackermann, Shona Husk, Rebecca Laffar-Smith, Katherine McFarlane
Venue: North Ballroom (Large Panel Room)
Tags: Fantasy, Does Not Need Moderator, Does Not Need More Panellists/Presenters, ExportMe
Ends: 11:00

We all have our guilty and not so guilty pleasures. Is it even worth drawing a line between paranormal romance and urban fantasy?
Moderator: Susan Ackermann

Discuss: How to Sort your Library

Sally Beasley
Venue: Hamersley South (Discussion Room)
Tags: discussion, Does Not Need Moderator, Does Not Need More Panellists/Presenters, ExportMe, Written Fiction, Round table
Ends: 11:00

Alphabetically? By size? What do you do with series with multiple authors?
Moderator: Sally Beasley

Collaborative Storytelling Games

Leonard Goulds, Rob Masters, Adrian Smith, Leece Smith
Venue: Hamersley North (Small Panel Room)
Tags: Does Not Need Moderator, ExportMe, Gaming, panel, Does Not Need More Panellists/Presenters
Ends: 11:00

Explore storytelling games/RPGs like Fiasco, Microscope and Once Upon A Time, as a movement in gaming and as writing tools.

Martial Arts and Martial Characters in SpecFic

PRK , Jane Espenson, Lian Hearn, Susanna Rogers
Venue: South Ballroom (Large Panel Room)
Tags: Fantasy, panel, Scifi, ExportMe
Ends: 11:00

Plenty of our favorite shows, books and comics have characters that are martial artists. We talk about characters the fight, and have a fighting mindset.
How realistic are they, and why do we like them.

Moderator: PRK

Mash up Comics

Margaret Watts
Venue: Boardroom (Family Room)
Tags: Does Not Need Moderator, interactive, Family
Ends: 11:00

Can Green Lantern escape from Better Homes and Gardens? What is Black Widow doing in Woman’s Day?

Hyrule warriors


Venue: Pilbara (Video Gaming Room)
Tags: Does Not Need Moderator, interactive, Video Games
Ends: 13:00

Play as characters from the Legend of Zelda games. Fight against endless hordes of foes and special bosses to reclaim Hyrule from an evil dark power. This game is variant on the Dynasty warriors games

Credo Playtest

Michael O'Brien
Venue: Goldsworthy (Gaming Room)
Tag: Gaming
Ends: 13:00

A playtest session of the new edition of Credo, the Game of Dueling Dogmas. This is a card game simulation of the Council of Nicaea.
Space for 4 participants. Sign up in the games room, to hold your place.

Traders and Art Show


Venue: Centre Ballroom (Traders and Art Show)
Tags:
Ends: 13:00
11:00

What makes a Good Game Start?

Tash Maitland, Damon Ross, Daniel Ryba
Venue: Hamersley North (Small Panel Room)
Tags: ExportMe, Gaming, panel, Does Not Need More Panellists/Presenters
Ends: 12:00

So many problems with a “bad” game can be traced back to the very start — character generation and the first session — or even the choice of players and system. How can you make sure all your new games are good ones?

NonViolent Video Games

Sophie Ambrose, Kitty Byrne, Jon Hayward, Danica Zuks
Venue: North Ballroom (Large Panel Room)
Tags: ExportMe, panel, Does Not Need More Panellists/Presenters, Video Games (outside the gamesroom)
Ends: 12:00

Violence in video games can be great, but it can also feel inescapable. What are some ways video games can remain entertaining without relying on violence at all, or at least not as much? And what are our favourite examples of games which have eschewed or explored violence in cool and interesting ways?

Moderator: Jon Hayward

Encouraging reading in children

Anna Hepworth, Rebecca Laffar-Smith, Fe Waters
Venue: South Ballroom (Large Panel Room)
Tags: Does Not Need More Panellists/Presenters, panel, Written Fiction, ExportMe
Ends: 12:00

How can we help to get more children to read, what are the strategies?
As a generation of children grows up in an environment where there are so many entertaining and educational experiences that compete with the good old book, how can we get them to enjoy this classic hobby and way of learning?

Discuss: The Best Book I read in 2015 was

Sue Ackermann
Venue: Hamersley South (Discussion Room)
Tags: discussion, Does Not Need Moderator, Does Not Need More Panellists/Presenters, Written Fiction, Round table
Ends: 12:00

What was the best book your read in 2015? Why? Is it old, or is it new? Is it read or is it blue?

Moderator: Susan Ackermann

Frankenplushies

Julia Watts
Venue: Boardroom (Family Room)
Tags: Does Not Need Moderator, interactive, Family
Ends: 12:00

We have a box of plushie parts to sew together. Make a new scary or friendly toy, and bring it to the plushie toy war.

Events Continuing at 11:00
Hyrule warriors From 10:00 until 13:00
Credo Playtest From 10:00 until 13:00
Traders and Art Show From 10:00 until 13:00
12:00

Do I need a Website?

Amanda Bridgeman, Satima Flavell, Alecia Hancock, Jon Hayward, Rebecca Laffar-Smith
Venue: North Ballroom (Large Panel Room)
Tags: Creative Works, ExportMe, panel, Does Not Need More Panellists/Presenters
Ends: 13:00

What should go on your website, and why you need one, for artists, writers, and other content creators.

Moderator: Jon Hayward

Write a Campaign, in 1 hour.

Tash Maitland, Daniel Ryba
Venue: Hamersley South (Discussion Room)
Tags: discussion, Does Not Need Moderator, ExportMe, Gaming, Does Not Need More Panellists/Presenters, Round table
Ends: 13:00

Writing a Campaign isn’t hard.
We are going to do it together, in 1 hour.

Historical Japan accross all media

Andy Hahn, Rebecca Handcock, Lian Hearn, Damian Magee
Venue: South Ballroom (Large Panel Room)
Tags: Fantasy, panel, ExportMe
Ends: 13:00

This panel takes a look at the portrait of aspects of Japan through art, film, manga and written word.

Moderator: Rebecca Handcock

Personas -- A tool for increasing diversity in SF

Cathy Cupitt
Venue: Hamersley North (Small Panel Room)
Tags: Does Not Need Moderator, presentation, Academic
Ends: 13:00

The National Centre for Student Equity in Higher Education developed a suite of personas to represent students from disadvantaged backgrounds. They were designed to be used as a tool for solving complex resourcing and policy issues, based on real demographic information and interconnected issues that real students engage with, without exposing confidential student data. Investigate how these personas could also be used by writers as a tool for character development, and including nuanced characters from diverse and/or imagined backgrounds in their work. Full abstract is online at https://2016.swancon.com.au/content/academic

Plush Toy Wars

Adam McCaw
Venue: Boardroom (Family Room)
Tags: Does Not Need Moderator, interactive, Family
Ends: 13:00

Bring or borrow a plushie and play a cool game.

Events Continuing at 12:00
Hyrule warriors From 10:00 until 13:00
Credo Playtest From 10:00 until 13:00
Traders and Art Show From 10:00 until 13:00
13:00

Lunch

Ends: 14:00

Mindfulness

Sue Ackermann
Venue: Hamersley South (Discussion Room)
Tags:
Ends: 13:15

Simple mindful meditation.

14:00

Contacting Contact: Comms Setup

Andy Hahn
Venue: South Ballroom (Large Panel Room)
Tag: Streaming
Ends: 15:00

The room will be closed, while communication with Contact is established.

Discuss: Steam for Booksellers

Sally Beasley
Venue: Hamersley South (Discussion Room)
Tags: discussion, Does Not Need More Panellists/Presenters, ExportMe, Fandom/Conrunning, Does Not Need Moderator, Round table
Ends: 15:00

What would we like from an online bookseller.
Steam has largely defeated online game piracy by being simply more convenient. It’s accessible on all devises, generally trusted, and with almost all content desired.
Few (if any) online ebooks sellers can say the same thing.
Moderator: Sally Beasley

Writing Campaigns vs Writing Stories

Stephen Dedman, Leonard Goulds, Ian Nichols, Daniel Ryba
Venue: Hamersley North (Small Panel Room)
Tags: ExportMe, Gaming, panel, Does Not Need More Panellists/Presenters
Ends: 15:00

What skills carry over? What new skills are required?
Does being good (or bad) at one make you good (or bad) at the other?

Moderator: Ian Nichols

Lie around and Listen

Margaret Watts
Venue: Boardroom (Family Room)
Tags: Does Not Need Moderator, interactive, Family
Ends: 15:00

David Tennant reads “How to Train Your Dragon”. Not IRL, unfortunately.

New force in Drama K-Drama (Korean)

Damian Magee, Candice Schilder
Venue: North Ballroom (Large Panel Room)
Tag: TV/Movies
Ends: 15:00

Korean drama could be the Next Big Thing. More and more people are turning online and discovering something different coming from Korea. Like its Pop Music, Korean drama series are gaining a huge following, with titles like `Flower Boys Next Door’, `Vampire Prosecutor’ and `The City Hunter’. This panel will introduce you to a world of different drama—and get you hooked!

Mariokart WiiU

Adam McCaw
Venue: Pilbara (Video Gaming Room)
Tags: Does Not Need Moderator, interactive, Video Games
Ends: 16:00

Play as iconic Nintendo characters racing to win trophies and gain fame. Race across a variety of courses from various Nintendo franchises. This will be run as a tournament. Now with all DLC content!!!

Traders and Art Show


Venue: Centre Ballroom (Traders and Art Show)
Tags:
Ends: 17:00
15:00

Double Book Launch

Stephen Dedman, Satima Flavell, Grant Stone
Venue: North Ballroom (Large Panel Room)
Tags: Does Not Need Moderator, ExportMe, Fantasy, presentation, Does Not Need More Panellists/Presenters
Ends: 16:00

We are pleased to present not one, but two book launches at this time.
The Cloak of Challiver (The Talismans 2) by Satima Flavell.
And, “North of the Dragonlands” by Stephen Dedman.

Discuss: Secure Contain Protect

Evan Beasley, Roland Kerr
Venue: Hamersley South (Discussion Room)
Tags: ExportMe, Horror, panel
Ends: 16:00

SCP is a collaborative fiction wiki.
It documents secure containment protocols for monsters (and other issues), described on the site.
We’re going to talk about some of our favorites and maybe even write a few together.

Time Lord in exile: Doctor Who's original 9th season

Aaron Creaser, Damian Magee, Heather Magee, Danny Oz, Colin Sharpe
Venue: South Ballroom (Large Panel Room)
Tags: ExportMe, panel, Scifi, Does Not Need More Panellists/Presenters
Ends: 16:30

Jon Pertwee Season Nine. This season the Doctor and Jo encounter the Daleks that control future Earth, Ice Warriors at the court of Peladon meet the Sea-Devils. And then there’s the Master…

My Dog Has No Nose. Or Bones. Or Skin.

Daniel Drhoz
Venue: Hamersley North (Small Panel Room)
Tags: Does Not Need Moderator, presentation, Science and Tech, Academic
Ends: 16:00

Drhoz has regularly horrified Swancon attendees with tales of parasites and gruesome diseases. Now he’s going to kick it up a notch with contagious cancers.

Guerilla Art Show

Margaret Watts
Venue: Boardroom (Family Room)
Tags: Does Not Need Moderator, interactive, Family
Ends: 16:00

Shhhh! We have a pin board to cover with art and then we are going to sneak it into the con space.

Events Continuing at 15:00
Mariokart WiiU From 14:00 until 16:00
Traders and Art Show From 14:00 until 17:00
16:00

E Nesbit and Rosemary Sutcliff - the Fantasy Novels

Liz Bowyer, Emma Hawkes
Venue: Hamersley North (Small Panel Room)
Tags: discussion, Does Not Need Moderator, Does Not Need More Panellists/Presenters, Fantasy, presentation
Ends: 17:00

A celebration of two British classic children’s writers. The great authors! There’ll be a presentation about their fantasy novels, followed by a group discussion.

Discuss: Heros and Heroines, Married with Kids

Sally Beasley
Venue: Hamersley South (Discussion Room)
Tags: discussion, Does Not Need Moderator, Does Not Need More Panellists/Presenters, ExportMe, Fantasy, Round table
Ends: 17:00

Won’t somebody think of the children! When characters “settle down” they don’t have to settle down. A discussion of protagonists who have responsibilities.

Being an Author in Perth

Amanda Bridgeman, Stephen Dedman, Shona Husk, Dave Luckett
Venue: North Ballroom (Large Panel Room)
Tags: ExportMe, panel, Written Fiction, Does Not Need More Panellists/Presenters
Ends: 17:00

When you’re an author in Perth, trying to reach the outside world is a major challenge, with decidedly mixed results, and lots of frustrations. We each have had greatly differing experiences, but have all faced the same challenges, with differing results.

Moderator: Shona Husk

Lian's Children's Book Reading

Lian Hearn
Venue: Boardroom (Family Room)
Tags: Does Not Need Moderator, interactive, Family
Ends: 16:30

Lian reads some of her ckildren’s books

DS Fun-o-rama!

Adam McCaw
Venue: Pilbara (Video Gaming Room)
Tags: Does Not Need Moderator, interactive, Video Games
Ends: 18:00

Bring your DS, 3DS or 2DS for some group gaming fun with other hand held console gaming players. We’ll be playing Mario kart DS or 7, Pokemon, etc. Chargers will be available if you’re low on battery!

Events Continuing at 16:00
Time Lord in exile: Doctor Who's original 9th season From 15:00 until 16:30
Traders and Art Show From 14:00 until 17:00
16:30

Room Prep: Aurealis Awards

PRK , Andy Hahn, Frames White
Venue: South Ballroom (Large Panel Room)
Tags:
Ends: 17:00

A final check of comms before we connect to the NatCon for the Arealis Awards.
Please stay clear of the room

Paper Planes

Derek Shellabear
Venue: Boardroom (Family Room)
Tags: Does Not Need Moderator, interactive, Family
Ends: 17:00

Learn about paper planes, make some, then recreate Luke’s flight at the end of Star Wars IV.

Events Continuing at 16:30
E Nesbit and Rosemary Sutcliff - the Fantasy Novels From 16:00 until 17:00
Discuss: Heros and Heroines, Married with Kids From 16:00 until 17:00
Being an Author in Perth From 16:00 until 17:00
DS Fun-o-rama! From 16:00 until 18:00
Traders and Art Show From 14:00 until 17:00
17:00

Aurealis Awards

PRK , Andy Hahn
Venue: South Ballroom (Large Panel Room)
Tag: Streaming
Ends: 19:00

Streamed Live from Brisbane.
The Aurealis Award for Excellence in Speculative Fiction.

I like this Group / Con / Event so much ...

Daniel Ryba
Venue: Hamersley South (Discussion Room)
Tags: discussion, Does Not Need Moderator, ExportMe, Gaming, Lightning (series of 3 minute), Round table
Ends: 18:00

Clubs, Events, Cons, Meetups, Locations, etc.
General discussion about geekdom events.
This is the Event/Con etc spruiking session. It is suggested that if you want your organization etc spruiked then this is the time and the place to do it.
Come in, and add your name to the list of speakers.
Moderator: Daniel Ryba

The Swancon Screenings of 2015

Evan Beasley, Laura Hodge, Samara Morgan
Venue: Hamersley North (Small Panel Room)
Tags: Does Not Need Moderator, ExportMe, panel, TV/Movies, Does Not Need More Panellists/Presenters
Ends: 18:00

We look back at the movies Swancon screened this past year.

User's Guide to Time Travel

Samuel Baron
Venue: North Ballroom (Large Panel Room)
Tags: Does Not Need Moderator, presentation, Academic
Ends: 18:00

Suppose you travel into the past. In a fit of homicidal rage, you attempt to kill your grandfather before he conceived your mother. Suppose you succeed, and your grandfather dies at your hand. Then you will never be born and you will never travel back in time to kill your grandfather. So your grandfather both lives and dies. Paradox! Suppose, instead you fail. Why do you fail? What is it that stops you from taking your grandfather’s life? If one is unable to kill one’s grandfather, do the paradoxes of time travel therefore threaten one’s free will? Can the paradoxes be avoided by introducing higher temporal dimensions in which grandfathers can be freely killed without consequence? And are we forced to posit a mysterious “logical guardian”, hell bent on ironing out paradoxes wherever they arise? This talk will take you on a multi-dimensional tour of philosophy and time. Full abstract is online at https://2016.swancon.com.au/content/article/60

Events Continuing at 17:00
DS Fun-o-rama! From 16:00 until 18:00
18:00

Dinner, (including the Pizza Restaurant at the End of the Universe)

Ends: 19:30

#ALaunchInFiveParts – There is a theory which states that if ever anyone discovers exactly what the Universe is for and why it is here, it will instantly disappear and be replaced by something even more bizzare and inexplicable.
There is another theory which states that this has already happened.
Runs over Dinner Break: Come with us down the hill to Langley Park for a Pizza Dinner and more short “from book” performances. Get some early teasers and clues about Swancon 42’s official Launch on Saturday.
*Please Pre-Order your Pizza Preference using the Form available in your Con Bag or at the Front Desk ($5 Payment at the Park).*

Events Continuing at 18:00
Aurealis Awards From 17:00 until 19:00
19:30

Fans and substance (ab)use

Jack Bridges, Chris Coman, Samara Morgan, Ian Nichols
Venue: Hamersley North (Small Panel Room)
Tags: ExportMe, Fandom/Conrunning, panel, Does Not Need More Panellists/Presenters
Ends: 20:30

Altering our minds with chemicals.
It seems like fandom and substance use (legal or otherwise) go together, like Gin and Tonic. Whether it is a discussion over coffee, or a room party at a convention. Fandom also has higher visibility for prescription medications for mental health (not that that is hard, given it is almost invisible in the wider community).
In an effort to reduce stigma and encourage safety, this panel is not adults only, but parental discretion is advised.

Moderator: Ian Nichols

I love this video games so much I'm going to talk about it for 3 minutes

Evan Beasley, Andy Hahn
Venue: Hamersley South (Discussion Room)
Tags: Does Not Need Moderator, ExportMe, panel, Lightning (series of 3 minute), Video Games (outside the gamesroom)
Ends: 20:30

Talk for 3 minutes about a great video game. Convince us to play it.
Feel free to add yourself to the list of speakers on the day
Moderator: Evan Beasley

Eusociality

Daniel Drhoz
Venue: South Ballroom (Large Panel Room)
Tags: Does Not Need Moderator, presentation, Science and Tech, Academic
Ends: 20:30

Social Insects are one of the most successful experiments produced by the already wildly successful Insect class. Come and learn more about the ants, bees, and wasps, and the other eusocial animals.

50 Year Ago: in 1966

Damian Magee
Venue: North Ballroom (Large Panel Room)
Tags: Does Not Need Moderator, Does Not Need More Panellists/Presenters, Fandom/Conrunning, presentation, ExportMe
Ends: 20:30

Come on a journey back to the year 1966. Back to the events, the books, the music, the big screen and the small screen, “when the times were a-changing”.

2016 is the anniversary of many things. Star Trek, Batman (TV series), The Monkees, Fantastic Voyage, and Dark Shadows.

Virtual Reality with the HTC Vive

Brendan Ragan, Lisa Rye
Venue: Boardroom (Family Room)
Tags: Does Not Need Moderator, Does Not Need More Panellists/Presenters, Video Games (outside the gamesroom)
Ends: 22:30

Stirfire Studios (winners of a 2014 Tin Duck) will be bringing their Vive Pre along to show off ‘Room Scale Virtual Reality’. They will demonstrate their 2016 Global Game Jam entry “Symphony of the Machine”, “Final Approach”, “Job Simulator” and “Fantastic Contraption”. While this is in the Family room, it is not part of the family program. There are no age restrictions on the content, though the Vive Pre may not fit children or younger teenagers

20:00

Halo Marathon

Adam McCaw
Venue: Pilbara (Video Gaming Room)
Tags: Does Not Need Moderator, interactive, Video Games
Ends: 23:30

Come enlist as a Spartan in the UNSC! Compete against other Spartans for glory and points to be the beat…and once you’ve survived that, we’ll throw you into a bunch of crazy alternative games such as Demolition Derby, Run to survive, Super Happy Fun Land and Left 4 Dead! This will be run as a tournament.

Events Continuing at 20:00
Fans and substance (ab)use From 19:30 until 20:30
I love this video games so much I'm going to talk about it for 3 minutes From 19:30 until 20:30
Eusociality From 19:30 until 20:30
50 Year Ago: in 1966 From 19:30 until 20:30
Virtual Reality with the HTC Vive From 19:30 until 22:30
20:30

Swancon Video Quiz

Damian Magee, Heather Magee
Venue: North Ballroom (Large Panel Room)
Tags: Does Not Need Moderator, Does Not Need More Panellists/Presenters, ExportMe, panel, TV/Movies, Loud
Ends: 21:30

This Award Winning event is back for the 10th year, with clips of TV, Film and Music.
Can you guess the clue in the clip?

Romance Panel: Its going to get Weird Edition

Lulu Baker, Jack Bridges, John Parker
Venue: South Ballroom (Large Panel Room)
Tags: Creative Works, Does Not Need More Panellists/Presenters, ExportMe, panel, AdultsOnly
Ends: 21:30

Tender Dinosaur aftercare, is where it starts. Where it ends …?

Confessions of a Fanfic Writer

Kitty Byrne, Katherine McFarlane, Sarah McFarlane
Venue: Hamersley South (Discussion Room)
Tags: Fandom/Conrunning, AdultsOnly, Round table
Ends: 21:30

A round-table, adults only discussion on Fanfiction.

Fighting, Looting and Cooties

Laura Hodge, Sarah Lewis, Tash Maitland, Danica Zuks
Venue: Hamersley North (Small Panel Room)
Tags: Does Not Need Moderator, Does Not Need More Panellists/Presenters, Gaming, panel, ExportMe
Ends: 21:30

Gaming with ladies.
Moderator: Danica Zuks

Events Continuing at 20:30
Virtual Reality with the HTC Vive From 19:30 until 22:30
Halo Marathon From 20:00 until 23:30
21:30

Sing-along with Cylons

Desiree Heald
Venue: South Ballroom (Large Panel Room)
Tags: Fandom/Conrunning, Fantasy, Scifi, TV/Movies, Loud, Music
Ends: 23:00

The Geek Singalong returns for 2016! Fear me!
People like to sing!
People like to sing silly songs even more!

Horror: TV vs Movie vs Book vs Gaming vs Comic

Stephen Dedman, Daniel Drhoz, Michael O'Brien
Venue: North Ballroom (Large Panel Room)
Tags: Horror, panel, ExportMe
Ends: 22:30

The differences and commonalities when producing horror in different media.

Events Continuing at 21:30
Virtual Reality with the HTC Vive From 19:30 until 22:30
Halo Marathon From 20:00 until 23:30
09:00

Open console gaming

Adam McCaw
Venue: Pilbara (Video Gaming Room)
Tags: Does Not Need Moderator, interactive, Video Games
Ends: 10:00

Come play some consoles! Try new games, play with friends or catch up on a game you haven’t finished yet.

09:30

Contact! Ben Aaronovitch - New Worlds and Old

Damon Cavalchini, Andy Hahn
Venue: South Ballroom (Large Panel Room)
Tags: TV/Movies, Written Fiction, Streaming
Ends: 10:30

Natcon Special guest Ben Aaronovitch talks about creating new in existing world. The conversation will cover the differences between writing for page and screen and share some of his favourite anecdotes from his extensive career.
This presentation will be streamed live from the Natcon in Brisbane.

Events Continuing at 09:30
Open console gaming From 09:00 until 10:00
10:00

Lockpicking Workshop

PickPals
Venue: Hamersley South (Discussion Room)
Tag: workshop
Ends: 11:00

PickPals presents a hands on guide to lockpicking.
Picks and locks will be provided, come and learn. There will be a competition with prizes at the end of the workshop.
We encourage lock picking (only) as a sport. It is completely legal to sell and carry lock picks in WA.

Not Writing Yourself

PRK , Claire Boston, Satima Flavell, Lian Hearn, Louise Helfgott, Pete Kempshall
Venue: North Ballroom (Large Panel Room)
Tags: Creative Works, ExportMe, panel, Does Not Need More Panellists/Presenters
Ends: 11:00

An author does not want to write all characters as having the same background as their own. But how can they get another person right?

Moderator: PRK

30 years of Lois McMaster Bujold

Sally Beasley, Chris Coman, Anna Hepworth, Heather Magee
Venue: Hamersley North (Small Panel Room)
Tags: ExportMe, panel, Scifi, Does Not Need More Panellists/Presenters
Ends: 11:00

From Shards of Honor,in 1986, to the latest book Gentleman Jole and the Red Queen, released just last month. We look back over the last 30 years of her writing and career, which has included winning 5 Hugos.

Bookmarks with Fe

Fe Waters
Venue: Boardroom (Family Room)
Tags: Does Not Need Moderator, interactive, Family
Ends: 10:30

Make and decorate a bookmark with all sorts of wonderful things

Super Smash Bros WiiU/ 3DS

Adam McCaw
Venue: Pilbara (Video Gaming Room)
Tags: Does Not Need Moderator, interactive, Video Games
Ends: 13:00

Play as various Nintendo characters from all sorts of Nintendo games. Watch them beat each other up in a frantic fighting game for up to 8 players at the same time! This will be run as a tournament. Now with all DLC characters, stages and content!

Credo Playtest

Michael O'Brien
Venue: Goldsworthy (Gaming Room)
Tag: Gaming
Ends: 13:00

A playtest session of the new edition of Credo, the Game of Dueling Dogmas. This is a card game simulation of the Council of Nicaea.
Space for 4 participants. Sign up in the games room, to hold your place.

Traders and Art Show


Venue: Centre Ballroom (Traders and Art Show)
Tags:
Ends: 13:00
Events Continuing at 10:00
Contact! Ben Aaronovitch - New Worlds and Old From 09:30 until 10:30
10:30

Using theory to create imagined communities

Cathy Cupitt
Venue: South Ballroom (Large Panel Room)
Tags: Does Not Need Moderator, presentation, Academic
Ends: 11:00

In the academic world, theory and practice often seem to be two separate things. However, theory can inform practice by raising new possibilities that might otherwise not be considered. How can theoretical models can be used to explain and predict human behaviour in the context of student equity, and how could they be used to create similar models of behaviour for fictional civilizations? Full abstract is online at https://2016.swancon.com.au/content/article/60

Olfactory Sorcery

Margaret Watts
Venue: Boardroom (Family Room)
Tags: Does Not Need Moderator, interactive, Family
Ends: 11:00

Learn about herbal lore, then make an amulet of your own formulation to wear that smells nice and deters goblins.

Events Continuing at 10:30
Lockpicking Workshop From 10:00 until 11:00
Not Writing Yourself From 10:00 until 11:00
30 years of Lois McMaster Bujold From 10:00 until 11:00
Super Smash Bros WiiU/ 3DS From 10:00 until 13:00
Credo Playtest From 10:00 until 13:00
Traders and Art Show From 10:00 until 13:00
11:00

Workshop: Playwriting

Louise Helfgott
Venue: Hamersley South (Discussion Room)
Tags: Creative Works, discussion, Does Not Need Moderator, ExportMe, Does Not Need More Panellists/Presenters, Round table, workshop
Ends: 12:00

With exercises, worksheets and all that good stuff. Lots of great transferable skills, even if writing plays is not your interest area.

Microsystems and Compact Games

Damon Ross
Venue: Hamersley North (Small Panel Room)
Tags: Does Not Need Moderator, ExportMe, Gaming, presentation, Does Not Need More Panellists/Presenters
Ends: 12:00

A presentation on very small RPGS — Some systems fit on 2 A4, some on a business card; and on very short games — under 3 hours.

Book Launch: Emperor of the Eight Islands

PRK , Lian Hearn
Venue: South Ballroom (Large Panel Room)
Tags: Does Not Need Moderator, ExportMe, Fantasy, panel, Does Not Need More Panellists/Presenters
Ends: 12:00

Celebrate the release of Lian Hearn’s fantastic new novel: Emperor of the Eight Islands. The first book in her new The Tale of Shikanoko series.

Raising the Geeklings

Sally Beasley, Terry Chilvers, Tom Eitelhuber, Fe Waters
Venue: North Ballroom (Large Panel Room)
Tags: Does Not Need More Panellists/Presenters, Fandom/Conrunning, panel, ExportMe
Ends: 12:00

How to raise your children into geekdom. Can you raise nongeeks? Will you raise nongeeks? Is it inevitable? How can you use your mad SF skills, in parenting?

Finish the Drawing

Rebecca Handcock
Venue: Boardroom (Family Room)
Tags: Does Not Need Moderator, interactive, Family
Ends: 11:30

The artist stopped half way through the picture. You have to make up the rest.

Events Continuing at 11:00
Super Smash Bros WiiU/ 3DS From 10:00 until 13:00
Credo Playtest From 10:00 until 13:00
Traders and Art Show From 10:00 until 13:00
11:30

Kit Kat Jenga

Shay Telfer
Venue: Boardroom (Family Room)
Tags: Does Not Need Moderator, interactive, Family
Ends: 12:00

Chocolate based gaming.

Events Continuing at 11:30
Workshop: Playwriting From 11:00 until 12:00
Microsystems and Compact Games From 11:00 until 12:00
Book Launch: Emperor of the Eight Islands From 11:00 until 12:00
Raising the Geeklings From 11:00 until 12:00
Super Smash Bros WiiU/ 3DS From 10:00 until 13:00
Credo Playtest From 10:00 until 13:00
Traders and Art Show From 10:00 until 13:00
12:00

Not Writing in a Bubble

PRK , Claire Boston, Amanda Bridgeman, Jane Espenson
Venue: South Ballroom (Large Panel Room)
Tags: Creative Works, panel, ExportMe
Ends: 13:00

How interacting with fans, and the great flow of information of the modern age shapes your works.

Moderator: PRK

Visualising Gender Fluidity

Jack Bridges, Will Knox
Venue: Hamersley North (Small Panel Room)
Tags: Does Not Need Moderator, presentation, Academic
Ends: 13:00

Existing visual models of gender are static, focused on rigid categories, and don’t capture the fluidity of the lived experience of identity. Using research into the current models used within gender variant communities, we designed an animated model of gender performance and identity for use with university staff wishing to be part of the ALLY Program. Full abstract is online at https://2016.swancon.com.au/content/article/60

Films based on TV Shows

Damian Magee
Venue: North Ballroom (Large Panel Room)
Tags: presentation, TV/Movies, ExportMe
Ends: 13:00

Why have some big-screen versions of TV shows worked (like Charlie’s Angels), while others have fallen down (like Wild, Wild West)? This panel will examine these films and consider what other shows could do with a big screen make over.

let me read to you 3 minutes of something I wrote

Evan Beasley, Cathy Cupitt, Satima Flavell, Leonard Goulds, Dave Luckett, Ian Nichols
Venue: Hamersley South (Discussion Room)
Tag: Creative Works
Ends: 13:00

A chance for you to read out a short passage that you wrote. Could be a poem, a micro-story, the first page of a book. (Feel free to come with handouts, if you would prefer not to speak it out loud)

Feel free to drop in on the day and add yourself. But if you let us know you are interested in advance you can ensure your spot. Scheduled readers are listed above.

Moderator: Cathy Cupitt

How Big is Space?

Andrew Williams
Venue: Boardroom (Family Room)
Tags: Does Not Need Moderator, interactive, Family
Ends: 12:30

An astronomer will talk about space, and answer any questions you may have.

Events Continuing at 12:00
Super Smash Bros WiiU/ 3DS From 10:00 until 13:00
Credo Playtest From 10:00 until 13:00
Traders and Art Show From 10:00 until 13:00
12:30

Star Wars Yoga

Margaret Watts
Venue: Boardroom (Family Room)
Tags: Does Not Need Moderator, interactive, Family
Ends: 13:00

Darth Vader breathing, the X-Wing pose and more.

Events Continuing at 12:30
Not Writing in a Bubble From 12:00 until 13:00
Visualising Gender Fluidity From 12:00 until 13:00
Films based on TV Shows From 12:00 until 13:00
let me read to you 3 minutes of something I wrote From 12:00 until 13:00
Super Smash Bros WiiU/ 3DS From 10:00 until 13:00
Credo Playtest From 10:00 until 13:00
Traders and Art Show From 10:00 until 13:00
13:00

Lunch

Ends: 14:00

Mindfulness

Sue Ackermann
Venue: Hamersley South (Discussion Room)
Tags:
Ends: 13:15

Simple mindful meditation.

14:00

Hammer Horror: Frankenstein Saga.

Damian Magee
Venue: North Ballroom (Large Panel Room)
Tags: Does Not Need Moderator, Does Not Need More Panellists/Presenters, ExportMe, Horror, presentation, Loud
Ends: 15:00

Take a look History of Hammer’s first big Horror Hit, Frankenstein (as a Video Presentation)

Elegant Prose In Novels: Y/N?

Claire Boston, Satima Flavell, Louise Helfgott
Venue: Hamersley North (Small Panel Room)
Tags: Creative Works, Does Not Need Moderator, ExportMe, panel
Ends: 15:00

Do novels need to be full of stunning language use?
Can they be too dry to read?
A balance must be struck.
Moderator: Satima Flavell

I like this Tabletop Game so much I am prepared to talk about it for 3 minutes

Drew Parsons
Venue: Hamersley South (Discussion Room)
Tags: Does Not Need Moderator, ExportMe, Gaming, presentation, Lightning (series of 3 minute)
Ends: 15:00

Talk for 3 minutes about a great RPG, Boardgame or Wargame.
Convince us to play it.
Feel free to add your self to the list on the day
Moderator: Drew Parsons

How Should Comics Be Written for Women?

Kitty Byrne, Lily Eivers, Candice Schilder, Danica Zuks
Venue: South Ballroom (Large Panel Room)
Tags: Comics, Does Not Need More Panellists/Presenters, panel, ExportMe
Ends: 15:00

And about time too: Making comics for women. It seems silly that comics haven’t tried harder to capture the female market, considering that they make up 50% of the population of the planet. Marvel’s definitely trying to up their game, with a renewed focus on female superheroes like Captain Marvel, Ms Marvel, Thor and Silk – but is that just falling into the same trap as before, assuming that readers only want to read about characters of their own gender. This panel will discuss other ways that the comic industry could diversify in order to cater to the ignored part of their audience – and probably wind up appealing to more people as a whole.

Zombie Tag

David Chandler, Luke Hopkins
Venue: Boardroom (Family Room)
Tags: Does Not Need Moderator, interactive, Family
Ends: 14:30

You may be able to out run a zombie, but can you escape a zombie horde? Adults welcome — the more players, the better the game.

Blur

Adam McCaw
Venue: Pilbara (Video Gaming Room)
Tags: Does Not Need Moderator, interactive, Video Games
Ends: 16:30

Do you like cars? Do you like Mario kart? Why not combine real cars with the mechanics of Mario kart?! Well here it is! Blur is a racing game with items and power ups where you blow each other up while trying to reach the finish line.

Traders and Art Show


Venue: Centre Ballroom (Traders and Art Show)
Tags:
Ends: 17:00
14:30

Zombie Tag

David Chandler, Luke Hopkins
Venue: Boardroom (Family Room)
Tags: Does Not Need Moderator, interactive, Family
Ends: 15:00

You may be able to out run a zombie, but can you escape a zombie horde? Adults welcome — the more players, the better the game.

Events Continuing at 14:30
Hammer Horror: Frankenstein Saga. From 14:00 until 15:00
Elegant Prose In Novels: Y/N? From 14:00 until 15:00
I like this Tabletop Game so much I am prepared to talk about it for 3 minutes From 14:00 until 15:00
How Should Comics Be Written for Women? From 14:00 until 15:00
Blur From 14:00 until 16:30
Traders and Art Show From 14:00 until 17:00
15:00

GoH Jane Espenson

Jane Espenson, Sarah Parker
Venue: South Ballroom (Large Panel Room)
Tags: Core, Does Not Need More Panellists/Presenters, ExportMe, presentation, Does Not Need Moderator, Streaming
Ends: 16:00

Jane’s Guest of Honor Speech.
Featuring Q and A.
All suggested questions must be tweeted to #AskJaneAtSwancon or given to a committee member (in writing) or Sarah Parker prior to 12noon Saturday

Moderator: Sarah Parker

Lie around and Listen

Margaret Watts
Venue: Boardroom (Family Room)
Tags: Does Not Need Moderator, interactive, Family
Ends: 15:30

Shaun Micaleff reads “Leon Stumbles Book of Stupid Fairytales”. Not IRL, unfortunately.

Blocaganda Playtest

Eeshwar
Venue: Goldsworthy (Gaming Room)
Tag: Gaming
Ends: 17:00

Blocaganda is a 2-4 player strategy game where you use your agent to influence the voting public to elect you into power!

Events Continuing at 15:00
Blur From 14:00 until 16:30
Traders and Art Show From 14:00 until 17:00
15:30

Lie around and Listen

Margaret Watts
Venue: Boardroom (Family Room)
Tags: Does Not Need Moderator, interactive, Family
Ends: 16:00

Shaun Micaleff reads Leon Stumbles Book of Stupid Fairytales. Not IRL, unfortunately

Events Continuing at 15:30
GoH Jane Espenson From 15:00 until 16:00
Blur From 14:00 until 16:30
Blocaganda Playtest From 15:00 until 17:00
Traders and Art Show From 14:00 until 17:00
16:00

Jane Espenson Signing

Jane Espenson, Sarah Parker
Venue: South Ballroom (Large Panel Room)
Tags: Core, Does Not Need More Panellists/Presenters, ExportMe, presentation, Does Not Need Moderator
Ends: 17:00

Jane Espenson signs some of her work.
Moderator: Sarah Parker

Being a Good GM

Tash Maitland, Michael O'Brien, Damon Ross
Venue: Hamersley North (Small Panel Room)
Tags: ExportMe, Gaming, panel
Ends: 17:00

All round panel on GMing.

Defying Doomsday: preview reading and discussion

Sue Ackermann, Satima Flavell, Stephanie Gunn, Anna Hepworth
Venue: Hamersley South (Discussion Room)
Tag: Written Fiction
Ends: 17:00

Twelfth Planet Press is giving us a special preview reading of Defying Doomsday: “An anthology of apocalypse-survival fiction with a focus on disabled and chronically ill characters.”
This is a pretty exciting book, and will be release mid-2016.
After about half an hour of readings, we will move into a round-table discussion of about disabled characters in post-apocalyptic settings in general.

Moderator: Susan Ackermann

Liked the movie? You'll love the comic

Kitty Byrne, Regina Chow, John Parker, Candice Schilder
Venue: North Ballroom (Large Panel Room)
Tags: Comics, panel, ExportMe
Ends: 17:00

Sometimes movies and the original media go different ways,and you can only enjoy one or the other. But sometimes the movies lead you to only greater enjoyment when you read the comic after.
Come and learn which movies and which comics this is true for.

Moderator: Regina Chow

Geekling Singalong

Desiree Heald
Venue: Boardroom (Family Room)
Tags: Does Not Need Moderator, interactive, Family
Ends: 16:30

Sing!

Events Continuing at 16:00
Blur From 14:00 until 16:30
Blocaganda Playtest From 15:00 until 17:00
Traders and Art Show From 14:00 until 17:00
16:30

Silly Photos

Rosalie Chilvers
Venue: Boardroom (Family Room)
Tags: Does Not Need Moderator, interactive, Family
Ends: 17:00

Dress up and prepare for kids masquerade. We have a camera and we are not afraid to use it!

Soul Calibur 4 & 5

Adam McCaw
Venue: Pilbara (Video Gaming Room)
Tags: Does Not Need Moderator, interactive, Video Games
Ends: 18:00

People beating each other up with swords, guns…a giant hammer…that squeeks…yep! Soul Calibur in a nutshell and we’ll be playing the 4th and 5th generation of the game. This will be run as a tournament.

Events Continuing at 16:30
Jane Espenson Signing From 16:00 until 17:00
Being a Good GM From 16:00 until 17:00
Defying Doomsday: preview reading and discussion From 16:00 until 17:00
Liked the movie? You'll love the comic From 16:00 until 17:00
Blocaganda Playtest From 15:00 until 17:00
Traders and Art Show From 14:00 until 17:00
17:00

Launch: Life, The Universe, And Everything

PRK , Naomi Butcher, Michael Cogan, Chris Coman, Kim Fenwick, Owen Godfrey, Brian Johnson, Damian Magee
Venue: South Ballroom (Large Panel Room)
Tag: a launch in five parts
Ends: 18:00

#ALaunchInFiveParts – O people who wait in the shadow of Deep Thought! Honoured Descendants of Vroomfondel and Majikthise, the Greatest and Most Truly Interesting Pundits the Universe has even known… The Time of Waiting is over!

If you attend just one 2017 Launch event from #ALaunchInFiveParts, make it this one. To you, at this time, will be revealed the Ultimate Answer to the Great Question of Life, the Universe and Everything. (Spoiler: It’s Swancon 42)

More importantly, you can find out all the details of the Guests, Venue, Pricing and more, along with being entertained by more “from book” performances, and buy your 2017 Launch Priced Memberships!

Kids' Masquerade

Margaret Watts
Venue: Boardroom (Family Room)
Tags: Does Not Need Moderator, interactive, Family
Ends: 17:30

Kids Masquerade at 5pm

Events Continuing at 17:00
Soul Calibur 4 & 5 From 16:30 until 18:00
18:00

Dinner

Ends: 19:30
19:30

Masquerade Ball

Dave Cake, Tom Eitelhuber, Jane Espenson, Lian Hearn, Michael O'Brien, Fe Waters
Venue: South Ballroom (Large Panel Room)
Tags: Core, Does Not Need More Panellists/Presenters, ExportMe, panel, Does Not Need Moderator
Ends: 22:30

The Masquerade, with dancing and Cosplay competition. The theme is Mashups.

RPG Oneshots

Tash Maitland, Damon Ross
Venue: Hamersley South (Discussion Room)
Tag: Gaming
Ends: 23:00

Pre-generated characters, and dice provided. Sign up in the games room in advance, to reserve your space.
Damon will be running one of his custom Microsystems. Tash will be running Goblins! (Path Finder)

Left 4 Dead 1 & 2 Survival endurance marathon

Adam McCaw
Venue: Pilbara (Video Gaming Room)
Tags: Does Not Need Moderator, interactive, Video Games
Ends: 23:00

Play as a surviver of the zombie apocolypse with 3 friends trying to reach a safe haven. Your goal is to play through every stage and survive it all! We’ll be nice to you…I promise…

20:15

YouTube Channel Suggests - Entertainment

Andy Hahn
Venue: North Ballroom (Large Panel Room)
Tags: Art, Does Not Need Moderator, Does Not Need More Panellists/Presenters, presentation, ExportMe, Loud
Ends: 21:15

Name the one thing we all know that YouTube is used for. That’s right, cat videos! But there is so much more out there when it comes to entertainment on the platform. Come along and find out about some of the channels that can supply you with end-less hours entertainment.

Events Continuing at 20:15
Masquerade Ball From 19:30 until 22:30
RPG Oneshots From 19:30 until 23:00
Left 4 Dead 1 & 2 Survival endurance marathon From 19:30 until 23:00
21:15

Best Horror Films of 2015

Samara Morgan
Venue: North Ballroom (Large Panel Room)
Tags: ExportMe, Horror, presentation, AdultsOnly, Loud
Ends: 22:15

What was successful, what innovated, what worked, and why it worked.
(A reverse horror trailer park, looking backwards: will include clips)

Events Continuing at 21:15
Masquerade Ball From 19:30 until 22:30
RPG Oneshots From 19:30 until 23:00
Left 4 Dead 1 & 2 Survival endurance marathon From 19:30 until 23:00
09:00

Room Reconfig: Panels


Venue: Hamersley South (Discussion Room)
Tag: NotInPrintProgram
Ends: 10:00

During this time the hotel will reconfigure the room into the “Theater” layout, for panel/presentation activities.

09:30

Contact! Jill Pantozzi: Let's get social

Damon Cavalchini, Andy Hahn
Venue: South Ballroom (Large Panel Room)
Tag: Streaming
Ends: 10:30

Natcon Guest of Honor Jill Pantozzi talks about life, love (of spec fic) and social media. She will share the joys and the pitfalls of talking about and reviewing speculative fiction for all the world to see and explore the benefits and challenges of blogging about something you love.
This presentation will be streamed live from the NatCon in Brisane.

Events Continuing at 09:30
Room Reconfig: Panels From 09:00 until 10:00
10:00

Science Doesn't Work That Way

Daniel Drhoz, Stuart Finlay, Natasha Hurley-Walker
Venue: North Ballroom (Large Panel Room)
Tags: ExportMe, panel, Scifi, Does Not Need More Panellists/Presenters
Ends: 11:00

Sure it is common to see scientific screwups in individual shows and films. Sinking Ice.
But some scientific falsehoods are pervasive and are genre defining.
We are talking Quantum Entanglement for faster-than-light communication. We are talking radiation caused mutation.

Star Trek -- 50th Anniversary Panel

Michael Cogan, Damian Magee, Danny Oz
Venue: Hamersley South (Discussion Room)
Tags: ExportMe, panel, Scifi, Does Not Need More Panellists/Presenters
Ends: 11:00

In 1966 came a science fiction TV show which would define sci-fi and social issues. Join us as our panellists recall how they were introduce to the show, share fond memories and decide which were the best and worst episodes.

Encoded- genetics and DNA realities

Jessica Davey
Venue: Hamersley North (Small Panel Room)
Tags: presentation, Academic
Ends: 11:00

DNA is the stuff of life and the double helix generates a code that represents every gene in our body. The questions of mutation, recoding, manipulation and evolution are often represented in science fiction but how much of this is possible within the realms of current technologies and techniques and how much is purely in the realm of fiction? Full abstract is online at https://2016.swancon.com.au/content/academic

Retro gaming Morning!

Adam McCaw
Venue: Pilbara (Video Gaming Room)
Tags: Does Not Need Moderator, interactive, Video Games
Ends: 13:00

Miss the old days of console gaming? Well now you can come relive the era of the old classics because all the consoles will be changed over for Retro ones! Come play on the Super Nintendo, N64, Play station 1, Sega mega drive and other old school gaming platforms!

Traders and Art Show


Venue: Centre Ballroom (Traders and Art Show)
Tags:
Ends: 13:00
Events Continuing at 10:00
Contact! Jill Pantozzi: Let's get social From 09:30 until 10:30
10:30

Glorantha

Dave Cake, Michael O'Brien
Venue: South Ballroom (Large Panel Room)
Tags: Fantasy, Gaming
Ends: 11:00

The classic setting, used in several RPGs and works of fiction.

Events Continuing at 10:30
Science Doesn't Work That Way From 10:00 until 11:00
Star Trek -- 50th Anniversary Panel From 10:00 until 11:00
Encoded- genetics and DNA realities From 10:00 until 11:00
Retro gaming Morning! From 10:00 until 13:00
Traders and Art Show From 10:00 until 13:00
11:00

How Writing Changes for Adult, YA and Children's Writing

PRK , Satima Flavell, Lian Hearn, Rebecca Laffar-Smith, Susanna Rogers
Venue: North Ballroom (Large Panel Room)
Tags: ExportMe, panel, Written Fiction, Does Not Need More Panellists/Presenters
Ends: 12:00

We write differently, when targeting a different audience.
But we also write the same.

Moderator: PRK

Designing Mechanics and Fluff

Michael O'Brien, Damon Ross, Anthony Sweet
Venue: Hamersley North (Small Panel Room)
Tags: Gaming, panel, ExportMe
Ends: 12:00

Should you write the fluff and design the mechanics after?
Or the reverse? Must both be done at the same time?
A look at this question in the context of RPGs and Boardgames.

Trailer Park

Lex Burke, David Gunn
Venue: South Ballroom (Large Panel Room)
Tags: ExportMe, panel, TV/Movies, Loud
Ends: 12:00

What are the best movies coming out this year?
This is the main trailer park. Note there a seperate Childrens/Family and Adult Themes/Horror Trailer Parks.

Now we know: Do video games cause violance

Kitty Byrne, John Hodge, Danica Zuks
Venue: Hamersley South (Discussion Room)
Tags: panel, ExportMe, Video Games (outside the gamesroom)
Ends: 12:00

After much speculation enough formal studies have been done to answer this.

Easter Egg Hunt

Rosalie Chilvers
Venue: Boardroom (Family Room)
Tags: Does Not Need Moderator, interactive, Family
Ends: 11:30

Easter Egg Hunting, hooray!

Events Continuing at 11:00
Retro gaming Morning! From 10:00 until 13:00
Traders and Art Show From 10:00 until 13:00
11:30

Charades

Emma Hawkes
Venue: Boardroom (Family Room)
Tags: Does Not Need Moderator, interactive, Family
Ends: 12:00

Charades for kids – adults welcome to have a go too.

Events Continuing at 11:30
How Writing Changes for Adult, YA and Children's Writing From 11:00 until 12:00
Designing Mechanics and Fluff From 11:00 until 12:00
Trailer Park From 11:00 until 12:00
Now we know: Do video games cause violance From 11:00 until 12:00
Retro gaming Morning! From 10:00 until 13:00
Traders and Art Show From 10:00 until 13:00
12:00

New Who: Season Nine

Michael Cogan, Aaron Creaser, Damian Magee, Heather Magee
Venue: North Ballroom (Large Panel Room)
Tags: Does Not Need More Panellists/Presenters, ExportMe, panel, Scifi, Does Not Need Moderator
Ends: 13:00

The year in review

We've watched a lot of anime so you don't have to

Andy Hahn, Candice Schilder
Venue: Hamersley North (Small Panel Room)
Tags: Anime, Does Not Need Moderator, ExportMe, presentation, Does Not Need More Panellists/Presenters
Ends: 13:00

We share the recent gems in the flood of anime available. Make it easy for people not as anime obsessed, or who fell out of anime watching awhile ago and don’t know where to come back, to work out what to watch.

Reimagining Monsters as Protagonists

Prema Arasu, Sally Beasley, Cathy Cupitt, Jane Espenson, Leonard Goulds
Venue: South Ballroom (Large Panel Room)
Tags: ExportMe, Fantasy, panel, Does Not Need More Panellists/Presenters
Ends: 13:00

iZombie and Warm Bodies have sympathetic zombie. We had Twilight, with vampires. More historically we had Frankenstein. Prior to modern fantasy even wizards and witches were terrifying monsters. Onyx Path / Whitewolf publishes multiple roleplaying systems dedicated to playing as monsters.

Moderator: Cathy Cupitt

Lets compare the RPG systems of the two decades

Michael O'Brien, Damon Ross, Adrian Smith
Venue: Hamersley South (Discussion Room)
Tags: Does Not Need More Panellists/Presenters, Gaming, panel, ExportMe
Ends: 13:00

What is good, what is bad?
What makes this system better for that, and that system better for this?

Board Games

Terry Chilvers
Venue: Boardroom (Family Room)
Tags: Does Not Need Moderator, interactive, Family
Ends: 13:00

Come and play some board games for kids. You may discover a new favourite!

Events Continuing at 12:00
Retro gaming Morning! From 10:00 until 13:00
Traders and Art Show From 10:00 until 13:00
13:00

Lunch, (include Meet the WASFF Board Lunch)

Ends: 14:00

Come out to lunch with the WASFF Board. (Lunch not included).
Meet in-front of the Reg Desk

14:00

Hanna-Barbera (pt3-1980’s)

Damian Magee
Venue: North Ballroom (Large Panel Room)
Tags: TV/Movies, Does Not Need Moderator, Does Not Need More Panellists/Presenters, ExportMe
Ends: 15:00

We will be looking at the studio and the cartoons. In the 1980s with added competition and pressure, the company turned to old favourites, with only a few hits like The Smurfs.

The Geekiest thing I ever made

Daniel Drhoz, Rebecca Handcock, Elaine Walker, Fe Waters
Venue: South Ballroom (Large Panel Room)
Tags: Art, Does Not Need More Panellists/Presenters, panel, ExportMe
Ends: 15:00

From Batleths to Cthulus, and everything in between. Crafting in fannish contexts. Crafting into geekdom, crafting for science!

Moderator: Rebecca Handcock

Supernatural vs Original Material

Jenny Cox, Samara Morgan
Venue: Hamersley South (Discussion Room)
Tags: Does Not Need Moderator, ExportMe, Horror, presentation, Does Not Need More Panellists/Presenters
Ends: 15:00

A discussion of Supernatural vs content from folk lore and the bible.

So you Want to Make a Video Game

Sophie Ambrose, Jon Hayward, Lisa Rye, Anthony Sweet
Venue: Hamersley North (Small Panel Room)
Tags: panel, ExportMe, Video Games (outside the gamesroom)
Ends: 15:00

Making your own indie game, even if you are not a programmer or an artist. Talking about the process, what you will need. Also discussing some tools, such as Twine, Renpy, RPG Maker etc.

Lie around and Listen

Margaret Watts
Venue: Boardroom (Family Room)
Tags: Does Not Need Moderator, interactive, Family
Ends: 15:00

Mary Pope Osborne reads the “Magic Treehouse books”. Not IRL, unfortunately.

Portal 2 Co-op!

Adam McCaw
Venue: Pilbara (Video Gaming Room)
Tags: Does Not Need Moderator, interactive, Video Games
Ends: 16:00

Play as two robots trying to survive the testing set by GLaDOS at Aperture science! Can you and a friend survive the tests?!

Traders and Art Show


Venue: Centre Ballroom (Traders and Art Show)
Tags:
Ends: 17:00
15:00

GoH Lian Hearn

Lian Hearn, Sarah Parker
Venue: South Ballroom (Large Panel Room)
Tags: Core, Does Not Need More Panellists/Presenters, ExportMe, presentation, Does Not Need Moderator, Streaming
Ends: 16:00

Lian Hearn’s (and Gillian Rubinstein’s) Guest of Honour Speech.

Moderator: Sarah Parker

Little Creatures

Gina Goddard
Venue: Boardroom (Family Room)
Tags: Does Not Need Moderator, interactive, Family
Ends: 16:00

Craft some little creatures with coloured clay. No beer involved.

Blocaganda Playtest

Eeshwar
Venue: Goldsworthy (Gaming Room)
Tag: Gaming
Ends: 17:00

Blocaganda is a 2-4 player strategy game where you use your agent to influence the voting public to elect you into power!

Events Continuing at 15:00
Portal 2 Co-op! From 14:00 until 16:00
Traders and Art Show From 14:00 until 17:00
16:00

WASFF AGM

PRK , Jack Bridges, Doug Burbidge, Cathy Cupitt, Stephen Griffiths, Alexis Hemsley, Anna Hepworth, Stephen McGlone, Margaret Watts
Venue: Hamersley North (Small Panel Room)
Tags: Core, Does Not Need More Panellists/Presenters, ExportMe, presentation, Does Not Need Moderator
Ends: 18:00

See announcement in back of conbook.

Lian Hearn Signing

Lian Hearn, Sarah Parker
Venue: South Ballroom (Large Panel Room)
Tags: Core, Does Not Need More Panellists/Presenters, ExportMe, presentation, Does Not Need Moderator
Ends: 17:00

Also signing Gillian Rubinstein’s books.
Moderator: Sarah Parker

Is Online Fan Fiction a Community?

Gemma Bothe
Venue: Hamersley South (Discussion Room)
Tags: presentation, Academic
Ends: 17:00

Can online fan fiction be understood as a community? If so what parameters exist that make this space a community space? Is it important for online fan fiction to be a community? Does it matter that online fan fiction is, or is not a community? If online fan fiction is not a community how else can this collective of people be characterised and described? Full abstract is online at https://2016.swancon.com.au/content/article/60

Children and Family Trailer Park

Lex Burke, David Gunn
Venue: North Ballroom (Large Panel Room)
Tags: ExportMe, panel, Family, Loud
Ends: 16:30

What are the best movies for the whole family this year?

Spyro co-op!

Adam McCaw
Venue: Pilbara (Video Gaming Room)
Tags: Does Not Need Moderator, interactive, Video Games
Ends: 18:00

Play as Spyro and Cynder on their adventures to save the kingdom of dragons! Can you save the world?

Events Continuing at 16:00
Blocaganda Playtest From 15:00 until 17:00
Traders and Art Show From 14:00 until 17:00
16:30

Jane talks over Firefly: ShinDig

Evan Beasley, Jane Espenson
Venue: North Ballroom (Large Panel Room)
Tags: Scifi, TV/Movies, Loud
Ends: 18:00

One of our favorite Firefly episodes, Jane will talk to us about how it was made.

DVD Cover Description (no spoilers):
“In order to secure a job transporting cargo off-planet for a client, Mal attends a social even where a dance with Inara leads to him being challenged to a swordfight in defense of her honor”

Moderator: Evan Beasley

A kid's guide to game design

Michael O'Brien
Venue: Boardroom (Family Room)
Tags:
Ends: 17:00

What makes a good game?

Events Continuing at 16:30
WASFF AGM From 16:00 until 18:00
Lian Hearn Signing From 16:00 until 17:00
Is Online Fan Fiction a Community? From 16:00 until 17:00
Spyro co-op! From 16:00 until 18:00
Blocaganda Playtest From 15:00 until 17:00
Traders and Art Show From 14:00 until 17:00
17:00

Art Show Closed and Art Auction

Desiree Heald
Venue: Centre Ballroom (Traders and Art Show)
Tags:
Ends: 18:00

The artshow is closing.
Any items which filled their silent auction sheets, will go up for contested action at this time. (Expect action to go for <10 minutes, if at all).

All art is to be removed from the room, before the end of this hour.

When the Rules are Wrong

Michael O'Brien, Damon Ross, Daniel Ryba
Venue: Hamersley South (Discussion Room)
Tags: Gaming, panel, ExportMe
Ends: 18:00

Dealing with Games when the rules don’t match the flavor, or outright contradict themselves.

YouTube Channel Suggests - Educational

Andy Hahn
Venue: South Ballroom (Large Panel Room)
Tags: Does Not Need Moderator, Does Not Need More Panellists/Presenters, presentation, Science and Tech, ExportMe, Loud
Ends: 18:00

One of the more recent educational tools to have entered our lives is YouTube; there are literally hundreds of channels that are dedicated to teaching us about nearly every single thing out there. With so many, which can you trust, which are entertaining and which teach us the all things that we want to know. Come along to find out a bunch of channels that I think might serve you well.

Events Continuing at 17:00
WASFF AGM From 16:00 until 18:00
Jane talks over Firefly: ShinDig From 16:30 until 18:00
Spyro co-op! From 16:00 until 18:00
18:00

Dinner

Ends: 19:30
18:15

Room Reconfig: Workshop Layout


Venue: Hamersley South (Discussion Room)
Tag: NotInPrintProgram
Ends: 19:00

During this time the hotel will reconfigure the room into the “Seminar” layout, for workshop/round table activities.

Events Continuing at 18:15
Dinner From 18:00 until 19:30
19:30

Awards

Samara Morgan, Fe Waters
Venue: South Ballroom (Large Panel Room)
Tags: Core, Does Not Need More Panellists/Presenters, ExportMe, presentation, Does Not Need Moderator
Ends: 20:30

The Tin Duck Awards is the annual Western Australian Science Fiction Foundation (WASFF) Achievement Awards for WA writers and artists to recognise achievement in Western Australian Science Fiction (including fantasy and horror).

Portraying InfoSec Believably

Lex Burke, Christopher Courtis, Peter Hannay, Andrew Kitis, Richard Maulen
Venue: Hamersley North (Small Panel Room)
Tags: Does Not Need More Panellists/Presenters, panel, Scifi, AdultsOnly, ExportMe
Ends: 20:30

None of this Technobable. Hackers done right.
Hear the praise of shows that do well.
Hear the surprisingly coarse language towards shows that get it wrong

Moderator: Chris Courtis

Playtest: Runequest 7

Michael O'Brien
Venue: Hamersley South (Discussion Room)
Tag: Gaming
Ends: 23:00

Chaosium will release Runequest 7, at GenCon this year. Swancon Attendees get a chance to preview and play test it, now.
Runequest is one of the defining RPGs.
Sign-up in the games room, prior to this event. Only limited places available.

Young Adult at Heart

Anna Hepworth, Laura Hodge, Rebecca Laffar-Smith, Susanna Rogers
Venue: North Ballroom (Large Panel Room)
Tags: Does Not Need More Panellists/Presenters, panel, Written Fiction, ExportMe
Ends: 20:30

Why adults still love to read young adult works.

Griff Ball!

Adam McCaw
Venue: Pilbara (Video Gaming Room)
Tags: Does Not Need Moderator, interactive, Video Games
Ends: 23:00

The great sport of taking a land mine, running to the goal and then blowing your self up! Doesn’t get much better than that! Play in teams of 4 against other teams of 4 and become the best team ever! Making up of funny team names is manditory and this game will be run as a tournament!

RAEZ Ludicrous Cogz

Chris Coman
Venue: Boardroom (Family Room)
Tag: Gaming
Ends: 21:30

A Truely Ludicrously Large Game of Cogz.
There are 5 Places for players in tonight game, please sign up in advance in the games room.
Cogz, by Wesley Lamont is currently nominated for a for a Tin Duck, as a professional production.

20:30

Apocalypse Preparation: Chickens and the End of Days

Christopher Courtis, Daniel Drhoz, Sarah McFarlane, Fe Waters, Margaret Watts
Venue: South Ballroom (Large Panel Room)
Tags: Does Not Need Moderator, ExportMe, panel, Science and Tech, Does Not Need More Panellists/Presenters
Ends: 21:30

How can we prepare for the Apocalypse?
Should we own chickens?
Should we build bunkers?
Should we build chicken bunkers?
Moderator: Chris Courtis

Australian Short Spec-fic

Stephen Dedman, Leonard Goulds, Liz Grzyb, Anthony Panegyres, Guy Salvidge
Venue: North Ballroom (Large Panel Room)
Tags: panel, Written Fiction, ExportMe
Ends: 21:30

Discussing and promoting Australian short spec-fic as well as short spec-fic in general. Questions welcomed on reading, writing, the scene, pay, suitable homes and there’s few great book giveaways too.

Primer on The Legion of Superheroes

Stevo , Jay Dalziel
Venue: Hamersley North (Small Panel Room)
Tags: Comics, Does Not Need More Panellists/Presenters, ExportMe, panel, Does Not Need Moderator
Ends: 21:30

The LSH. What is it? Who are all these folks? And just how do you get started on nearly 60 years of comics history without being overwhelmed?
Moderator: Stevo

Events Continuing at 20:30
Playtest: Runequest 7 From 19:30 until 23:00
Griff Ball! From 19:30 until 23:00
RAEZ Ludicrous Cogz From 19:30 until 21:30
21:30

How to Market Conspiracies

Lex Burke, Christopher Courtis
Venue: South Ballroom (Large Panel Room)
Tags: ExportMe, panel, Science and Tech, AdultsOnly, Does Not Need More Panellists/Presenters
Ends: 22:30

How popular culture and the internet have affected Conspiracy Theories.
Conspiracies are written, intentionally or otherwise, to be interesting to an audience.

Homework: So long and thanks for all the fish

PRK , Naomi Butcher, Michael Cogan, Chris Coman, Kim Fenwick, Owen Godfrey, Brian Johnson, Damian Magee
Venue: Hamersley North (Small Panel Room)
Tags: a launch in five parts, Round table
Ends: 22:30

#ALaunchInFiveParts – She finally knew how the world could be made a good and happy place. This time it was right, it would work, and no one would have to get nailed to anything. This is her story.
And it’s the story of what great books you should be reading this year to get ready for Swancon 42.
It’s also a double-backward somersault through a hoop while whistling the “Star Spangled Banner,” that was, in fact, a message. The message was “So long, and thanks for all the fish.”

Youtube Party

Andy Hahn
Venue: North Ballroom (Large Panel Room)
Tags: Does Not Need Moderator, Does Not Need More Panellists/Presenters, ExportMe, presentation, TV/Movies, Loud
Ends: 23:00

Come to the room, watch the videos, suggest the next video to watch.
No videos longer than 5 minutes please.

Events Continuing at 21:30
Playtest: Runequest 7 From 19:30 until 23:00
Griff Ball! From 19:30 until 23:00
10:00

Swap Meet + Traders

Cathy Cogan
Venue: Centre Ballroom (Traders and Art Show)
Tags: Core, Does Not Need More Panellists/Presenters, ExportMe, presentation, Does Not Need Moderator
Ends: 13:00

Exchange your items for money, exchange your money for items. $5 a table for sellers. Free space will be provided for people wishing to fundraise for a Fan Fund or Convention.

Discuss: Isolated Fandom

Sally Beasley
Venue: Hamersley South (Discussion Room)
Tags: discussion, Does Not Need Moderator, Does Not Need More Panellists/Presenters, ExportMe, Fandom/Conrunning, Round table
Ends: 11:00

How isolation has affected our local fandom.
Perth is very isolated, it is not so easy here to go and interact with fans elsewhere. Often expos and tours skip us. How has that changed how we are?
Moderator: Sally Beasley

Playing in Someone Else's Universe

Tash Maitland, Damon Ross, Daniel Ryba
Venue: Hamersley North (Small Panel Room)
Tags: ExportMe, Gaming, panel, Does Not Need More Panellists/Presenters
Ends: 11:00

Some story settings have systems written for them (Star Wars, Mistborn, Amber…). Other times you can do it yourself. Some worlds are boring if you are not the main characters from the books. The Do’s, the Don’ts and the Never Should Have Dones.

A Change in the Weather - How New is Cli-Fi and is it Science Fiction?

Cat Sparks
Venue: North Ballroom (Large Panel Room)
Tags: Does Not Need Moderator, presentation, Academic
Ends: 11:00

Is the new genre of climate change fiction, Cli-Fi science fiction or not and does it matter? Anthropogenic climate change is real and dangerous and, if left unchecked, is capable of rendering the Earth uninhabitable. Young adult dystopian literature has been gaining traction since September 11, 2001, peaking with Suzanne Collins’s successful Hunger Games trilogy and films. This paper will outline the ways in which science fiction has been exploring realistic ecocatastrophe scenarios for decades in tandem with social and political movements and concerns. It I will suggest that Cli-Fi is being used as a method of artificially distancing fiction classified as “literary” from perceived genre taint and will conclude that such quarantining procedures are more than just unnecessary; they may be potentially harmful. For all of us! Full abstract is online at https://2016.swancon.com.au/content/article/60

Dr Watson as a Woman

Kitty Byrne, Damian Magee
Venue: South Ballroom (Large Panel Room)
Tags: panel, TV/Movies, ExportMe
Ends: 11:00

At Last! A woman has portrayed the great Doctor Watson! Why did take so long? Have the producers of Elementary achieved their aim? This panel takes a look at history. Why did it take so long for audience acceptance of a woman? We will quickly examine the actresses who have played Watson up until now, from Joanne Woodward to Lucy Liu.

4 player co-op bonanza

Adam McCaw
Venue: Pilbara (Video Gaming Room)
Tags: Does Not Need Moderator, interactive, Video Games
Ends: 11:00

Get a group of 4 friends together and come join us in playing all sorts of 4 player co-op games! To name a few; Castle Crashers, Scott Pilgram vs The world, Nuke Tanks, Ratchet and Clank all 4 one, Marvel Ultimate Alliance, etc.

Free Play


Venue: Boardroom (Family Room)
Tag: Family
Ends: 11:00
11:00

Editors: a New Hope

Sally Beasley, Satima Flavell, Michael O'Brien
Venue: Hamersley North (Small Panel Room)
Tags: Creative Works, panel, ExportMe
Ends: 12:00

Return of the ever popular Editors Strike Back. Hear from editors about their world. The horror stories (literal and figurative). Selecting works for publication; editing them. The side of writing that is not being an author.

1984 was a Warning Not a Manual

PRK , Dave Cake, Christopher Courtis, Andrew Kitis
Venue: North Ballroom (Large Panel Room)
Tags: Does Not Need Moderator, panel, Science and Tech, ExportMe
Ends: 12:00

Talking about current legislation and practices.

Queer Characters: Tokenism, Realism, and Support

Jack Bridges, Jess Bridges, Jane Espenson, Gene Melzack
Venue: South Ballroom (Large Panel Room)
Tags: Creative Works, ExportMe, panel, Does Not Need More Panellists/Presenters
Ends: 12:00

In the realworld being LGBTTQQIAP, is not unusual; but for characters in most media it is. We are talking about characters not being special because of their sexuality, or gender-identity; but being mundane, expected, statistically representative.

Moderator: Gene Melzack

Discuss: The TV of our Youth

Damian Magee
Venue: Hamersley South (Discussion Room)
Tags:
Ends: 12:00

Come, join us and discuss the best TV from when you were young. Whether that was the 60’s or the 90’s. We cast our minds back and share.

Moderator: Damian Magee

Open Console gaming

Adam McCaw
Venue: Pilbara (Video Gaming Room)
Tags: Does Not Need Moderator, interactive, Video Games
Ends: 13:00

This is your last chance to come and play some console games at the convention! So come on down and have some fun before we pack up everything!

My Little Pony

Andy Hahn
Venue: Boardroom (Family Room)
Tags: TV/Movies, Family
Ends: 12:00
Events Continuing at 11:00
Swap Meet + Traders From 10:00 until 13:00
12:00

Is Spy-Fic Speculative Fiction?

Jack Bridges, Christopher Courtis, Frames White
Venue: North Ballroom (Large Panel Room)
Tags: Does Not Need Moderator, ExportMe, panel, Scifi, Does Not Need More Panellists/Presenters
Ends: 13:00

Obviously we have SF spy-fic – Charles Stross’s Laundry Series, Person of Interest.
But is all spy fiction it intrinsically speculative anyway?
We’ll be talking about both.

GMing Workshop: Horror

Roland Kerr, Michael O'Brien, Daniel Ryba
Venue: Hamersley South (Discussion Room)
Tags: discussion, ExportMe, Gaming, Round table
Ends: 13:00

There are plenty of horror RPGs out there, but how can you actually play them and feel fear? How can you prevent it from becoming action or comedy? Should you?
This is a interactive, round table workshop. Come, Share, Learn.

Infection Works both Ways

Sally Beasley, Gina Goddard, Anna Hepworth, Fe Waters
Venue: Hamersley North (Small Panel Room)
Tags: Fandom/Conrunning, panel, ExportMe
Ends: 13:00

Fandoms I discovered through my children. Books, TV, Movies, Games.

The Music of Bear McCreary

Jane Espenson, Desiree Heald
Venue: South Ballroom (Large Panel Room)
Tags: Loud, Music
Ends: 13:00

You may have heard the music of composer Bear McCreary (Battlestar Galactica, Caprica, Agents of SHIELD, Outlander, The Walking Dead, Defiance, The Sarah Connor Chronicles, Constantine, amongst others). Why is he awesome? Let me tell you.

Free Play


Venue: Boardroom (Family Room)
Tags:
Ends: 13:00
Events Continuing at 12:00
Swap Meet + Traders From 10:00 until 13:00
Open Console gaming From 11:00 until 13:00
13:00

Lunch

Ends: 14:00

Mindfulness

Sue Ackermann
Venue: Hamersley South (Discussion Room)
Tags:
Ends: 13:15

Simple mindful meditation.

14:00

1960s Anime never come to the West

Damian Magee
Venue: North Ballroom (Large Panel Room)
Tags: Anime, Does Not Need Moderator, ExportMe, presentation, Does Not Need More Panellists/Presenters
Ends: 15:00

With the success of Astroboy, Japanese TV was awash with different kinds of anime, most of which never made it to the west. Many were very different culturally and the humour was too hard to translate. Others were made in black and white, and the US market was not interested if it wasn’t colour.

This Video Presentation takes a small look at what we missed.

Being a Good Player

Tash Maitland, Damon Ross, Daniel Ryba
Venue: Hamersley North (Small Panel Room)
Tags: ExportMe, Gaming, panel
Ends: 15:00

All round panel on GMing.

Discuss: Surviving the Zombie Outbreak

Samara Morgan
Venue: Hamersley South (Discussion Room)
Tags: discussion, Does Not Need More Panellists/Presenters, ExportMe, Horror, Round table
Ends: 15:00

The Dead Are Coming, we discuss how to survive.
Zombie stories continue to be popular in film and television, and most viewers are familiar with how the zombie apocalypse usually happens. Is that how it would happen in a real-life situation assuming for the moment, of course, that zombies could be real? How would society react to the walking dead? What would our government responses be? What would a post-zombie world really look like, and what things do the writers of zombie narratives always seem to forget?
Moderator: Samara

Big Weather: Predicting a future climate

Jack Bridges, Chris Creagh, Cat Sparks
Venue: South Ballroom (Large Panel Room)
Tags: Does Not Need Moderator, panel, Academic
Ends: 15:00

Within the next century runaway climate change will radically change the nature of the planet Earth. Temperatures will increase, oceans will acidify, sea levels will rise, cities will flood and food and water supplies will diminish. What will the Earth of 2115 look like? What effects will it have on speculative fiction attempting to accurately portray the future? A panel of specialists explore the very grave risks that humanity faces and suggest ways in which human civilizations may evolve and adjust in the coming decades. Can SF authors find a way through the chaos even if governments can not. Full abstract is online at https://2016.swancon.com.au/content/academic

Free Play


Venue: Boardroom (Family Room)
Tags:
Ends: 15:00

Traders


Venue: Centre Ballroom (Traders and Art Show)
Tags:
Ends: 17:00
15:00

Unexpected Cthulu: the mythos outside Lovecraft

Dave Cake, Daniel Drhoz, Keira McKenzie
Venue: South Ballroom (Large Panel Room)
Tags: ExportMe, Horror, panel, Does Not Need More Panellists/Presenters
Ends: 16:00

I was walking down the street one day, and then suddenly. Cthulu.
Cthulu isn’t a monster, Cthulu is a brand. Discussion of the reuse of Eldritch concepts and styles. And of the other works that contribute to the cthulu mythos and the subgenre in general. Some argue the best cthulu mythos works are not by Lovecraft at all.

Feedback Panel

Michael Cogan, Chris Coman, Stephen Griffiths, Brian Johnson, Frames White
Venue: Hamersley North (Small Panel Room)
Tags: Core, discussion, Does Not Need Moderator, Does Not Need More Panellists/Presenters, ExportMe, Round table
Ends: 16:00

Come tell WASFF and the Swancon 2016 and 2017 committees what you liked and what you didn’t so that next year’s con can be even better!
Moderator: Stephen Griffiths

The Warrior Awakens: War in Fantasy

PRK , Christopher Courtis, Lian Hearn, Dave Luckett
Venue: North Ballroom (Large Panel Room)
Tags: Fantasy, panel, ExportMe
Ends: 16:00

How fantasy war compares to historical, and to modern warfare. The tactical employment of magic.

Moderator: PRK

Retrospective on a lifetime in SF fandom as a cultural curator

Grant Stone
Venue: Hamersley South (Discussion Room)
Tags: Does Not Need Moderator, Academic
Ends: 16:00

That’s a bit of a w**ky title, says Grant. Still he said he would do his best to make a presentation out of it. Whether or not he likes it, Grant is seen as the “teller of tales” and the long memory of the SF community.

Clean up and pack away


Venue: Boardroom (Family Room)
Tags:
Ends: 16:00
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16:00

Closing Ceremony

PRK , Evan Beasley, Jack Bridges, Chris Coman, Jane Espenson, Lian Hearn, Laura Hodge, Samara Morgan, Michael O'Brien, Fe Waters, Frames White, Isobel White
Venue: South Ballroom (Large Panel Room)
Tags: Core, a launch in five parts
Ends: 17:00

Swancon over. Great sadness. Closing Ceremony will also feature “Mostly Harmless”. See you at Swancon 42

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