Location codes?
Posted by not-going-to-gencon

I'm attending my first US Gen Con this year, 2024, and have purchased my badge and event tickets.

Each event has a secret location code. They're written in a kind of cypher, e.g. ICC 500 Blrm. Some, like my example, are fairly easy to crack. I'm guessing ICC is Indiana Convention Center, 500 is a location number and Blrm is Ballroom. Others are a lot harder.

Has anyone deciphered all the codes and published them online? If so, where?

I really don't feel like spending time cracking codes. Surprisingly, I have better things to do.

Thanks!  

Posted by derekguder

There is no cypher, they're just abbreviations or truncations of location names, tables numbers, or event spaces.

Which ones are you having trouble with in particular?

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Derek Guder
Director of Events
Gen Con LLC

Posted by not-going-to-gencon

@derekguder
Thanks for your reply, Derek. 
Do you have a list of locations and their abbreviations?
A couple of my events are back-to-back - I couldn't help it - and I'd like to know I won't suffer cardiac arrest trying to run between them.
More generally, I'd like to map out in advance where I need to be when. I expect I'm not alone in wanting to do that. 
Thanks again

Posted by llenlleawg

I don't know whether they have put out a map for this year, but I am sure it will be the same as last year. Here's the larger-scale map, showing the main buildings where gaming occurs. (NB, there is a difference between the JW Marriott and the Marriott!) Note that this map (as all of the maps for the Con) has north at the bottom and south at the top.

Hope that helps!

Posted by del_grande

Here are the building locations - most of these are hotels:
416 Wabash  (416 East Wabash Street)
Brothers Bar & Grill
Crowne Plaza
Escape Room Indy  (I think this is at Georgia & Meridian)
Exhibit Hall  (i.e. Gen Con's exhibit hall)
Hilton
Hyatt
ICC  (the convention center itself)
Indiana Rooftop Ballroom
JW  (J.W. Marriott hotel)
Le Meridien
Marriott
Omni
Stadium  (Lucas Oil Stadium)
Taxman CityWay
Union Station  (Crowne Plaza Union Station)
VIG Lounge
Westin
White River State Park

When there's a name after the location name, that usually indicates a meeting room or ballroom - for example, "Union Station Nickel Plate" is the Nickel Plate room at the Crowne Plaza Union Station Hotel, and "Stadium Field: Rogue Judges" is the Rogue Judges area on the field inside of Lucas Oil Stadium.

Posted by not-going-to-gencon llenlleawg

llenlleawg wrote:
I don't know whether they have put out a map for this year, but I am sure it will be the same as last year. Here's the larger-scale map, showing the main buildings where gaming occurs. (NB, there is a difference between the JW Marriott and the Marriott!) Note that this map (as all of the maps for the Con) has north at the bottom and south at the top.

Hope that helps!
Thank you!!!

Posted by not-going-to-gencon del_grande

del_grande wrote:
Here are the building locations - most of these are hotels:
416 Wabash  (416 East Wabash Street)
Brothers Bar & Grill
Crowne Plaza
Escape Room Indy  (I think this is at Georgia & Meridian)
Exhibit Hall  (i.e. Gen Con's exhibit hall)
Hilton
Hyatt
ICC  (the convention center itself)
Indiana Rooftop Ballroom
JW  (J.W. Marriott hotel)
Le Meridien
Marriott
Omni
Stadium  (Lucas Oil Stadium)
Taxman CityWay
Union Station
VIG Lounge
Westin
White River State Park
 
Thank you!!!

For anyone still trying to figure out where events are, I discovered that you can search the Gen Con map for the event's location code. The map is here with the query box in the top left corner: https://www.gencon.com/map?lt=1.1423680315518325&lg=69.06005859375001&z=3&f=1&c=25

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Posted by aldctjoc

OP: If there's any specific room or whatever you have trouble finding, just ask. Either here, in r/gencon, or Discord, etc. Someone will answer. We've all been in "Where the hell is THIS" mode before, so we can help with locations that trip up first timers. 

Posted by blackcatmoebius

There’s also the interactive map: 
https://www.gencon.com/map

It will find location codes if you type them into the search bar.
It will also be updated with more details (exhibit hall booths, individual tables, etc.) at some point closer to the con.

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