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WORKSHOPS & PANELS

We're so excited to present a range of workshops, panels and demonstrations at HubCon! 
These events are included in your HubCon admission pass.  Seating for programs and workshops at the inaugural HubCon will be on a first come, first served basis. Presenting with a HubCon wristband does not guarantee a seat or spot within these programs. Our programming has been developed to provide as many opportunities as possible for attendees to be able to take part in a session. We ask that all attendees respect fairness in this respect. Please note: special guests and workshops are subject to change.

Cosplay Journeys

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Hosted by Georgia (Blood Sweat & Cosplay) & Amber (Albion Cosplay)

Ever wondered how to get started in cosplay?  Cosplay can be as simple or complex as you want it to be - the journey is yours.  For beginners, Georgia and Amber will take you through topics such as how to choose your character, plan your cosplay and get involved in the vast and growing community!

Sat 9.30am-10.30am

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Room 1

Magic The Gathering:  Deck Building Basics

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Presented by Jarrod Regan

For those getting started in Magic: The Gathering; this session will provide you with advice on how to build your deck. It will cover the basics of MTG as well as topics such as Deck Archetypes; building your deck as well as the differences in popular constructed formats.

Sat 9.30am-10.30am

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Room 2

Miniature Painting Drop-in

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Hosted by Hall of Heroes Campbelltown

A drop-in style session where you can come and watch a range of skilled miniature painters apply their craft. You can ask questions, explore the range of tools available and how to maintain them, see a display and also have a go at painting your own figure in a 'paint & take' experience (additional charges may apply).

Sat 11am-2.30pm

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Room 2

Star Wars: X-Wing Gaming Primer

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Hosted by Onyx Squadron

In X-Wing Miniatures, you take the role of squad leader and command a group of merciless Imperial or daring Rebel pilots in furious ship-to-ship space combat.  X-Wing is one of the fastest growing table-top games in the world and the team from ‘Onyx Squadron’ will take you through the basics of the game and fast-track your training to become the next hero of the galaxy! 

X-Wing gaming events take place all through Saturday on the main stage. More information here.

Sat 11am-11.30am

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Room 1

Book Launch - Christian D. Read's 'Snake City'

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Presented by Shooting Star Press

Christian is a professional writer of 20 years, having worked in video games, graphic novels, theater and novels. Join he and Shooting Star Press as they launch his latest novel 'Snake City', an occult-noir tale unlike any other. 

Sat 12noon-12.30pm

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Room 1

Gaming Before Google

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Hosted by Stephanie Bendixsen, with Since Spacies / Tim Gadler / Nick Smith

Believe it or not, long before Google there were gamers in this world who didn't have the instant access as they do today to hints, tips or cheats to help them through their most desperate moments! Who were they going to call? This talk will be a fascinating insight into working on a gaming hotline (Sega hotline) in the early early 1990s. Discover how the 'Sega Masters' started and why retro gaming is still thriving and so important today!

Sat 1pm-2pm

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Room 1

3D Printing: The Future of Cosplay?

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Hosted by Central Coast 3D Printing

Need a specific prop or part for your cosplay? The potential and options are limitless now with the ongoing development of 3D printing technology. Hear about the latest technologies and just what is possible in this fascinating space.

Sat 2.30pm-3.30pm

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Room 1

Zombie Make-up Workshop (PG)

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Presented by Holly Benton

Holly Benton from Holly Brooke Beauty is a qualified  Hair and Makeup Artist based in the Blue Mountains. During the Zombie Makeup Workshop you will learn how to turn yourself or your friends into zombies using products that dont require a Diploma in Specialist Makeup Services to use. Come and learn tips and tricks to make your zombie apocalypse a reality.

Sat 3.30pm-5.30pm

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Room 2

Dungeons & Dragons Live!

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Hosted by The Dicestormers with Stephanie Bendixsen

A liveplay event featuring the Dicestormers in what will be a very entertaining session. Expect audience participation, light rules and fast gameplay - hilarity will ensue as you expect the unexpected!

Sat 4pm-5.30pm

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Room 1

HubCon RPG Night

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Various hosts, including Ettin Games Association

An open session with the opportunity to play in a range of RPG (role playing game) sessions, including Dungeon World (Ettin Games Association).  Numbers strictly limited, so bookings essential.

Sat 5.30pm-10pm

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Room 2 & 4

Exploring Other Worlds: The Art of Sci-Fi Film Making

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With Special Guests Matt Hatton & Tom Taylor. Hosted by Stephanie Bendixsen

Join Blue Mountains sci-fi explorers Matt Hatton (co-author of Alien Covenant: David's Drawings; concept designer; storyboard artist Aquaman, Pacific Rim Uprising) and Tom Taylor (The Last Ark) on what makes great science-fiction. Will include a special HubCon preview of Tom's Blue Mountains shot and produced sci-fi epic, The Last Ark plus select screenings from the Alien: 40th Anniversary Shorts series (an MA15+ event).

Sat 6pm-7pm

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Room 1

Fantasy & Sci-Fi Writing:  Where to Start 

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With special guests, Shooting Star Press, Andrew Constant & Christian D. Read

Blue Mountains and regional authors provide advice and tips to aspiring writers on how to get the creative juices flowing; generating ideas and finally getting pen to paper. A panel for all forms of writing from fiction to film, games and comics. Gets tips also on how to pitch your ideas to publishers.

Sun 9.30am-10.30am

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Room 1

Storybrewers - An RPG Journey

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With Hayley Gordon and Vee Hendro. Hosted by Matt Horam (EttinCon)

Join Hayley Gordon and Vee Hendro of hugely popular Australian indie RPG publishing house 'Storybrewers' in a talk about how they came to be; designing, developing and testing games and running a Kickstarter campaign.

Sun 11am-12pm

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Room 1

Comic Creators Panel

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With special guests Jason Paulos, Andrew Constant, Darren Gallagher & Kellie Mar

From small press to large press, this panel will explore the opportunities for people to self-publish or what it takes to break into the professional comic book publishing world of DC, Frew and Marvel.

Sun 12.30pm-1.30pm

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Room 1

Magic: The Gathering - Documentary 

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Documentary screening and discussion

A short documentary and discussion about just what it is that makes Magic: The Gathering the greatest game of all-time?

Sun 2pm-3pm

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Room 1

Rubik's Cube - Speed Cubing Challenge

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Hosted by Mid Mountains Neighbourhood Centre

Do you have what it takes to beat the best solve time at HubCon? A speedcubing challenge, as well as tips and advice to solve the classic cube quickly. A range of great prizes for the event.

Sun 3.30pm-4.30pm

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Room 1

The Journey To Build a Better Lightsaber

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Presented by Saberdyne Industries

Saberdyne Industries is a Central Coast-based company that designs and builds commercial grade custom lightsabers. Learn about the journey and skills learnt in the quest of Saberdyne to build a better lightsaber. These are the models that are actually used for combat demos by the Sons of Obiwan team.

Sun 5pm-6pm

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Room 1

Kids Comic Book Masterclass

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With special guest Darren Gallagher

Have ideas for your very own superhero? This workshop will help kids develop their ideas into an amazing superhero world. Explore concepts such originality; superpowers; backstory and even your hero's arch-nemesis! Kids will end end up with the tools that they need to bring their superhero to life.

Spaces strictly limited.
 

Sun 9.30am-10.30am

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Room 2

Zombie Make-up Workshop (PG)

Day & Time

Presented by Holly Benton

Holly Benton from Holly Brooke Beauty is a qualified  Hair and Makeup Artist based in the Blue Mountains. During the Zombie Makeup Workshop you will learn how to turn yourself or your friends into zombies using products that dont require a Diploma in Specialist Makeup Services to use. Come and learn tips and tricks to make your zombie apocalypse a reality.

 

Sun 11am-1pm

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Room 2

Comic Book Masterclass (15+)

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With special guest Jason Paulos

A workshop that provides an overview into storytelling techniques and comic book design that you’ll be able to apply to your own comic book ideas.
 

 

Sun 2pm-4pm

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Room 2