About The Arcade Vaults

We are The Arcade Vaults, an exciting and unique venue and community in the centre of Cardiff for all things videogaming. If you make games, play games both old and new, want to learn about games, or would just like to engage with the community in this amazing world of games, then this is the place for you.

At the heart of The Arcade Vaults and its community is you; the players and the creators. We believe that everyone should have the opportunity to play videogames and even more so, anyone should be able to make them and understand how they are made.

The Stuff We do

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    Our arcade is split into two areas - we have a space featuring classic consoles and hundreds of games, with a small free-to-play area where we also serve coffee, tea, drinks and gamer friendly snacks. We are also open on selected evenings for those that like a stronger beverage with their gaming fun!
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    We have a dedicated co-working space for anyone interested in making games or being part of a community who do. There are three pricing tiers available to anyone who wants to use the space, with high-speed broadband (wired and wireless), tea and coffee, and a kitchen, plus various tech facilities and business support!
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    Our upstairs space is a flexible area available for hire. We can run events for you with a wide selection of retro and modern gaming consoles, or just provide the space on its own to you, with access to our bar and free-to-play area.
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    We organise events and parties across the UK. And we really do everything, including supplying the gaming gear and screens, promotion of the event, set-up, photography, prizes and so on! We also do educational seminars and networking events for those of you in the community looking to learn something new or meet like-minded people.

Upcoming Events

    Freshers Week: D&D - One Shots

    Fri | 27 September 2019 | 17:00 to 21:00
    Fri | 27 September 2019 | 17:00 to 21:00

    Have you ever wanted to play a Role Play Game but been a little bit put off? Did you ever have those friends in School who played Dungeons and Dragons and always wanted to play but were worried what your other friends would think?

    This is your chance!! – Dungeons and Dragons or DnD as it’s known for short is the world’s most popular Role Play Game (RPG). Our super friendly Dungeon Masters will aim to ease you in and will also make sure you have a fun and wild adventure!

    We're running a student special for Fresher's Week - all students who sign up get a 10% discount on all drinks and food ALL NIGHT! We have two 4 hour campaigns on:

    • The Quest to the Island of Mist
      When you dreamed of becoming an adventurer, you never expected it to start this way. On your way to make your fortune in the Empire you took passage on the cheapest ship sailing across the bay of Yacsib but the crew mutinied, murdered the Captain and gave you a choice. Join them for a life of piracy or take your chances in an open boat, hundreds of miles from land. Looking at the ragged blood thirsty crew it wasn’t a hard choice! Work together as a group using all your knowledge and skill to survive, escape or be claimed by the Island of the Mists.

    • Careful! Don't die in the Jungle
      An expensive heirloom is stolen from a Noble in Waterdeep. He wants it back and is willing to pay a handsome reward! The only catch is that you have to step foot into the jungle!" Don’t Die in the Jungle is an adventure written for both new players and D&D veterans alike. In this adventure, your group of 5th level adventurers will have to work together to survive the jungle. They will encounter traps, they will have to use their stealth and they will have to fight to survive. Are you ready?!

    Freshers Week: Shot Fighter / SFII Tournament

    Sat | 28 September 2019 | 17:00 to 21:00
    Sat | 28 September 2019 | 17:00 to 21:00

    Its the return of our Street Fighter II: Turbo - Last One Standing tournament! With a TWIST!

    Everyone gets 3 lives and is randomly drawn against other competitors. Lose a game, lose a life, and the last person left with lives wins! Entry is £3 for the venue, and £2 for the tournament which goes towards a cash prize.

    However, for a fresher's week special, we're offering a £10 entry option with which you get 3 shots of Vodka, JD or Rum. Taking a shot before your match will give you immunity against losing a life. BUT if you win your match you'll have not gained anything. What will you do???

    (Probably get drunk).

    Friday Fight Night

    Fri | 18 October 2019 | 17:00 to 21:00
    Fri | 18 October 2019 | 17:00 to 21:00

    The Arcade Vaults and the South Wales Fighting Game Community join forces to bring you an evening of Fighting games!

    We'll have the newest and best fighters available to play, with possible tournaments running for a select few games depending on the registration.

    Plus, there'll be a smattering of various fighting games throughout gaming history, including retro Mortal Kombat, SFII, Tekken, Virtua Fighter and more!

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Find us at:
27-31 High Street Arcade, Cardiff, CF10 1BB