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

    Dungeons & Dragons - The Quest for Cambria

    Sat | 18 January 2020 | 12:00 to 21:00
    Sat | 18 January 2020 | 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 D&D as it’s known for short is the world’s most popular Role Play Game (RPG). For January we're running a special adventure in all 8 sessions - The Quest for Cambria. Each party in each session will take part in the same adventure, competing with each other to be the best adventurers you can be, with perhaps a small prize for the winning group... 

    The Quest for Cambria

    You have come to realise that life of a peaceful farmer does not suit you – years of living in a simple village has left you chaffing for the supposed freedom that a life of adventure will bring. You have gathered what little belongings you have and set out on the road to the Kingdom of Cambria.

    Once a Warrior passing through your sleepy little village took an evening to regal you with tales of this mythical land of Magic and Warriors ruled over by King Gareth. The capital of Cambria – Glyndwr is said to be a marvel and a safe haven for all races.

    When you arrive, you discover this is not the case – King Gareth has been killed in battle against a vicious cult called “The Shadow” and the kingdom has dissolved into chaos. High Mage Sigrid has taken control of the crowning of the next king and issued a challenge.

    Survive his maze of creatures, magics and other beings and the first to claim the crown from it’s centre to gain the Kingdom of Cambria.

    Friday Fight Night

    Fri | 24 January 2020 | 17:00 to 21:00
    Fri | 24 January 2020 | 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 | 25 January 2020 | 16:00 to 22:00
    Sat | 25 January 2020 | 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:
    Please note, juniors and doubles will run subject to the number of attendees!

    • Juniors (under 14) - from 4pm - FREE
    • Doubles - from 5pm - £1 per person
    • Singles - after Doubles - £2 per person

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