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

    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!

    Smashaday

    Sat | 19 October 2019 | 16:00 to 22:00
    Sat | 19 October 2019 | 16:00 to 22:00

    Its Smashaday (Smash, on a Saturday!)

    We'll be running a series of tournaments throughout the day on Nintendo's amazing Smash Ultimate, including a Juniors tournament for the younger Smash fans in the afternoon, with various prizes available to the victors (in addition to the glory of course)

    Venue fee:
    £3 (access to the arcade is regular pricing but includes tournament entry)

    Tournaments:

    Juniors and doubles will run subject to the number of attendees.

    Cardboard n Consoles

    Thu | 24 October 2019 | 17:00 to 22:00
    Thu | 24 October 2019 | 17:00 to 22:00

    We're having another mash-up event with our friends at Rules of Play!

    For just £6, come and play an incredible blend of boardgames of videogames and videogames of boardgames! Entry will include access to the full two floors of Arcade fun plus the third floor which will be dedicated to the 'Cardboard Renaissance'!

    And if you want entry just for the boardgames its only £3.50!

    Charity Mario Kart Tournament

    Fri | 25 October 2019 | 17:00 to 21:00
    Fri | 25 October 2019 | 17:00 to 21:00

    Its our Mario Kart 8 Deluxe tournament for charity and we'll be giving back to the Cardiff Foodbank again!

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    Please bring one item from the ‘most needed food items’ list for entry into the tournament. When considering potential future donations to Cardiff Food Bank make sure to check the website https://cardiff.foodbank.org.uk/give-help/donate-food/ to check what is most needed.

    MOST NEEDED

    • LONG LIFE FRUIT JUICE!!!!
    • UHT MILK
    • RICE PUDDING
    • SPONGE PUDDINGS
    • TINNED POTATOES
    • TINNED TOMATOES
    • TINNED FISH

    Please do not bring food items from the 'plenty of' list as the Food Bank will likely turn them away. Try and coordinate with your friends to bring as large a variety of the list as possible!

    PLENTY OF

    • BEANS
    • PASTA
    • BREAKFAST CEREALS
    • SNACKS AND SWEETS
    • SOUP
    • TEA
    • MEAT

    The venue fee is £3 and the winner of the tournament gets 1 month's membership to the Arcade for FREE!

    Quizbit - Halloween Edition

    Sat | 26 October 2019 | 18:00 to 21:00
    Sat | 26 October 2019 | 18:00 to 21:00

    Quizbit is back for a Halloween Edition! We're running a video game themed quiz night featuring rounds of amazing questions about games and gaming related fun.

    Entry to the quiz is only £2, with a maximum of 6 per team. Please note, we'll also be staying open later for anyone who wants to continue their gaming fun in the arcade!

    This months' amazing prize will be confirmed soon! :)

    The Kids Gaming Club

    Thu | 31 October 2019 | 10:00 to 13:00
    Thu | 31 October 2019 | 10:00 to 13:00

    Parents and guardians! Looking for a chance to take a break for a couple of hours over Half-Term? Then look no further than our morning club for children aged between 6 and 12.

    We'll have a dedicated and qualified team member on hand to entertain your children with gaming related activities for a few hours. You can grab a coffee and hang out here or escape in town whilst we keep your children busy! There will even be drinks included for the kids... :)

    £5 for one child or £8 for two! Payment and information will be taken on the day.

    D&D One Shots

    Sat | 9 November 2019 | 12:00 to 21:00
    Sat | 9 November 2019 | 12:00 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). This month we have FOUR unique campaigns for beginners or anyone looking for a one-off RPG fix, to try out and explore over 2 sessions. Our super friendly Dungeon Masters will aim to ease you in and will also make sure you have a fun and wild adventure!

    Please note, all these campaigns are only suitable for those ages 16 and over. Each campaign is also repeated in the second session, so if you want a full day you can try two different one-shots!

    • Dragonbane Temple
      After weeks on the road, enduring the searing heat of the Gods Eye desert, you've finally arrived at your destination. Sent by your old friend and ally, the bronze dragon Zirconus, on a mission to recover his stolen dragon eggs, you've tracked the thieves to a temple hidden deep within the Gods Eye. The sand dunes hide many horrors eager to bring your careers to an close but success promises fame and the gratitude of a powerful dragon...
    • Demon Doggos and Barbarian Boyfriends
      The party is at a tavern between gigs, chatting up the locals as they look for their next adventure. As they are taking a sip the tavern door bursts open to reveal a frantic looking male dwarf. He begs them to help him rescue his boyfriend, who’s gone missing. But not all is as it seems. Blood and a summoning circle are the only clues left behind. Can they save his lost love? Or is someone hiding in the shadows to take his place?
    • A Wanted Man
      Vasko Briggard, the famous convict, has escaped his incarceration in Blackwater Prison. He has fled to the town of Trapper's Bay and gone into hiding. With war raging overseas, it has been left to you, the trainee guardsmen, to track him down, but it won't be easy; Briggard is a cunning vagabond, and will do everything he can to elude capture, and the cadre of warring factions in Trapper's Bay won't do anything to make it any easier.
    • Hungover in an Asylum
      After a night out drinking with friends you wake up, with no memory of the night before, in a cold and seemingly abandoned asylum. You must work together to escape from the building that seems determined to keep you there and memories of the night before that threaten to disrupt your close knit group

    Level Up: Its our Birthday!

    Sat | 23 November 2019 | 20:00 to Sun | 24 November 2019 | 01:00
    Sat | 23 November 2019 | 20:00 to Sun | 24 November 2019 | 01:00

    That's right, we're one year old(!!!). And to celebrate we're having a party!! There'll be drinks, music, board games and of course our usual vast selection of gaming across 5 decades.

    This will be a ticket only event, and we'll be announcing early bird tickets soon!

    More info to follow...

    Global Game Jam 2020

    Fri | 31 January 2020 | 16:00 to Sun | 2 February 2020 | 18:00
    Fri | 31 January 2020 | 16:00 to Sun | 2 February 2020 | 18:00

    Are you a creative games designer, artist, programmer or audio designer up for a challenge? If so, come and be part of the Global Game Jam. You will have the weekend to conceive and build a game based on a global theme!

    Doors will be open from 4pm on Friday evening for everyone to meet. The themes will be announced by Global Game Jam so that the fun can begin and ending at 5pm on Sunday. Games will need to be submitted to the Global Game Jam website on Sunday before the 3pm deadline. Teams will then have the opportunity to present their game to everyone.

    Why the charge?

    We do have to cover our staffing and running costs for the weekend. However, the ticket price grants access to Levels 2 and 3 of The Arcade Vaults and includes free teas and coffees, plus access to a kitchenette with a fridge and microwave. There will also be a lot of pizza available to all on the Friday night! We're located right in the City Centre so you will have access to plenty of other food options for the entire weekend.

    We will ask jammers to register and join the GGJ site separately on the day - purchasing a ticket will register your details with us so we know you are attending.

    Note that this will not be a 24 hour site - access will be limited to 8/9am at the earliest and around 10/11pm at the latest. If you are coming in from outside of Cardiff there are lots of places to stay nearby.

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27-31 High Street Arcade, Cardiff, CF10 1BB