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

    Cardboard n Consoles

    Thu | 23 May 2019 | 17:00 to 22:00
    Thu | 23 May 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 as a bonus - if you want entry just for the boardgames we're also pleased to be able to do that for only £3.50!

    Community Game Jam

    Fri | 24 May 2019 | 16:00 to Mon | 27 May 2019 | 18:00
    Fri | 24 May 2019 | 16:00 to Mon | 27 May 2019 | 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 Games Wales Community Game Jam. You will have the weekend to conceive and build a game based on unique theme chosen by the community leaders!

    Doors will be open from 4pm on Friday evening for everyone to meet, after which the themes will be announced. Games will need to be submitted on Sunday before 3pm, after which teams will then have the opportunity to present their game to everyone else.

    Ticket covers running costs for the weekend, and access to Levels 2 and 3 of The Arcade Vaults. This 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. 

    Remote jammers are absolutely welcome to participate as long as they are based in Wales or are Welsh, and are willing to link up with the main jam site via video contact (Skype, Facetime etc). If you want to participate remotely you'll still need to get a ticket though which will give you access to the upload site for the games to be submitted to.

    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.

    Charity Mario Kart Tournament

    Sat | 1 June 2019 | 17:00 to 21:00
    Sat | 1 June 2019 | 17:00 to 21:00

    Its the return of our Mario Kart 8 Deluxe tournament! This time, we're donating to the Velindre Cancer Centre, with a little help from our friends at the Welsh Gaming Network!

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    The venue fee is £3 with a tournament entry fee of *at least* £2 (you're welcome to put in as much as you want on top!) of which 100% goes directly to charity!

    Winner's of the tournament get 1 month's membership to the Arcade for FREE! There are also some other goodies for our top players :)

    Beginners D&D / Role Play Game

    Sat | 8 June 2019 | 12:00 to 21:00
    Sat | 8 June 2019 | 12:00 to 21:00

    Have you always wanted to try Dungeons & Dragons but never had the chance? Or are you just a D&D player looking for something new to try? Well, we have 3 unique campaigns for beginners to try out and explore over 2 sessions, with three super friendly Dungeon Masters who will aim to ease you in but will also make sure you have a fun and wild adventure!

    We're running three campaigns, two from our intro night and a new one shot:

    • NEW: A Journey to Kings Landing
      Full description coming soon! This is a campaign based around Game of Thrones!
    • The Kobold Menace
      Venture deep into damp and filthy dungeons in this daunting introductory campaign designed to pull you into a thrilling adventure amongst the hordes of Kobold that call these dank caverns their home. Battle through ambushes and work around the traps set by the Kobold Menace as you're pulled deeper into the dungeon’s depths...but be weary. Whispers among your enemies tell of danger all the more fearsome hiding deep within.
    • Lost in Water
      The Deadman’s Rose, a stunning ruby lost to the depths, traced to no avail by many an adventurer before you. Delve deep underwater into beautifully overgrown, ancient temple whose caverns, corridors and halls, search for the long-lost gem and be wary. There are those who wish to see the jewel remain hidden.

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