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

    Smashaday

    Sat | 16 February 2019 | 15:00 to 22:00
    Sat | 16 February 2019 | 15:00 to 22:00

    Smashaday (Smash, on a Saturday!) is back for a last minute event this 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:
      £2 just Smash Ultimate tournaments or £4 for access to entire arcade

    Tournaments:

    • Juniors (under 14) - from 3pm - FREE
    • Doubles - from 5pm - £1 per person
    • Singles - after Doubles - £2 per person

    Maximum Melee

    Thu | 21 February 2019 | 17:00 to 21:00
    Thu | 21 February 2019 | 17:00 to 21:00

    Its on! We're running another 6-week series of Melee events across February and March at The Arcade Vaults, featuring a mixture of Singles and Doubles tournaments with cash prizes as well as some free play set-ups for getting some practice in.

    • Venue fee: £3
    • Singles: £2
    • Doubles: £1 (these will kick off from week 2 subject to demand)

    (Note - we'll run a short break between each series to give everyone a rest, so these will always appear in 6 week runs!)

    D&D Intro Night

    Fri | 22 February 2019 | 17:00 to 22:00
    Fri | 22 February 2019 | 17:00 to 22:00

    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, 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!

    Our three campaigns are:

    • 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.
    • The Kidnapping of Gnarlwood
      Fear grips the village of Gnarlwood. Your Lords most trusted advisor, Knight Aria, has been kidnapped by the goblin scourge while returning home from a heroic quest. Now the Lord Needs your help to get her back. Will you answer the call of adventure?
    • 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.


    Dare you enter??!

    Co-working Open Days

    Thu | 28 February 2019 | 09:00 to Fri | 1 March 2019 | 17:00
    Thu | 28 February 2019 | 09:00 to Fri | 1 March 2019 | 17:00

    Did you know we have a co-working space on our third floor? With a truly central Cardiff location, free tea/coffee, access to some superb eateries, free and fast WiFi and Internet, strong creative and game community links, and an excellent desk hire price, you should really come and try it out.

    Especially as for 2 days at the end of the month, you can try it out for FREE!

    And sandwiched in between our two free days we'll also be hosting the Cardiff Meetup (February) for Games Wales with a couple of talks and an opportunity to meet some other game makers and creatives in Cardiff.

    Cardboard n Consoles

    Fri | 1 March 2019 | 17:00 to 22:00
    Fri | 1 March 2019 | 17:00 to 22:00

    We're having a 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 the 'Cardboard Renaissance'!

    Boardgames of videogames will probably include:

    • Fallout
    • Boss Monster
    • Portal
    • Minecraft
    • XCom

    And videogames of boardgames will include:

    • Civilization
    • Catan VR
    • Tabletop Simulator VR
    • Mario Party 4
    • Battle Chess

    Plus loads more from both of your favourite worlds! This is unique chance for boardgamers to can rediscover retro classics and videogamers can discover an amazing world of tabletop gaming

    Will a Robot take my job?

    Sat | 2 March 2019 | 12:00 to 14:00
    Sat | 2 March 2019 | 12:00 to 14:00

    The Arcade Vaults are proud to be hosting an event for the Cardiff Science Festival!

    Automation is everywhere. Most people by now will have used an ATM, scanned their own shopping in the supermarket or bought a train ticket from a machine. Some people in the US have even taken trips in self-driving cars or had their mail delivered by a drone. Widespread automation is moving forward at an alarming rate. There are trains which can analyse and fix track defects without human intervention and shops that feature talking robots to welcome you and help with your questions. Through this discussion, we will talk about how education must react to ensure that future generations stay ahead of the automation curve and shift from using technology towards developing it. The jobs of the future will undoubtedly be increasingly dependent on technology and we will discuss how, as educators, parents and society, we can begin to understand this change and prepare for it.

    About the speaker: Scott Morgan

    After having completed a PhD in Mathematics at Cardiff University, Scott is now Digital Literacy Lead at Bridgend College. Passionate about research, education and technology, Scott’s current role involves developing teaching and learning around emerging technologies. Scott has been volunteering with the Cardiff branch of the Bristish Science Association for just over a year and is always looking to improve public understanding of and engagement in science.

    Find your Player Two

    Fri | 8 March 2019 | 19:00 to 21:00
    Fri | 8 March 2019 | 19:00 to 21:00

    That's right - we're running a speed dating event for the gamers and geeks amongst you! 

    Speed Dating is an event where single people can meet face-to-face with like-minded people, to make new friends or find possible romance. Our version however, includes the opportunity to meet people who like video games!

    Upon arrival you will be greeted and checked in by our friendly hosts who will give let you know what to expect throughout the evening. Once the dating part begins, the ladies will be seated at their allocated table. The men will start with the corresponding number. After four minutes, a bell will be rung; and all the girls will stay seated and all the guys will move round. Between each date we allow a little time for you to make your notes on an Info Card. The event will continue (with a fifteen to twenty-minute half time break) until you have met everyone there. Also, both before and after the event there will be the opportunity to grab a few drinks, play some games in our arcade and chat to other people.

    Everyone is there to meet other people - just like you.

    Please note: This event is aimed at single men and women between 25 and 35!

    NSW Super Smash Bros. Ultimate: Squad Strikers

    Sat | 9 March 2019 | 12:00 to 18:00
    Sat | 9 March 2019 | 12:00 to 18:00

    Smash Fans, something big is on the horizon, and though we must keep it a secret for a little while longer, suffice to say you won't want to miss this one.

    In short, the event will feature a special Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
    multi-mode 3-v-3 tournament, a challenge-focused side-comp for
    DKC: Tropical Freeze and Dance Dance Tetris, plus Nintendo Switch free play and two floors of a video game arcade in the heart of Cardiff for you to enjoy.

    Super Smash Bros. Ultimate: Squad Strikers Tournament

    Full details as to the special nature of this tournament will be revealed shortly. The name of the event will also change as a result. Here's what we can say.

    • 3-V-3 match-ups using best of 5 format
    • Matches will span multiple modes
    • Prizes to be announced soon


    Gaming Challenge Raffle

    • Clear set challenges to gain entry in to a prize draw
    • Prizes to be announced soon
    • Rule: One prize max per person
    • Rule: No set number of attempts per player but please be mindful of others waiting to play.


    Game 1: Donkey Kong Country Tropical Freeze

    • Challenge: Complete level _____ for 1 prize draw entry
    • The level itself will be revealed on the day
    • Finish in top 4 for one additional entry


    Game 2: Tetris played with a DDR Dance Mat

    • Starting level and challenge score to be revealed on the day
    • Start at level ___
    • Post a score of ______ for 1 prize draw entry
    • Finish in top 4 for one additional entry

    Nintendo Free Play and Arcade Vaults Info
    Free Play: We'll likely have a Nintendo Switch and some retro systems setup for players to relax and play. You are of course welcome to bring your own portable Nintendo systems as well.

    The NSW Smash event on the 2nd floor is 100% free. 

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