About The Arcade Vaults

We are The Arcade Vaults, an exciting and unique venue and community in the centre of Cardiff for all things gaming. 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 games 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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    The Community Rooms are our co-working and events space, tailored for anyone interested in making games or being part of a community who do but open to everyone to experience. There are three pricing tiers available to anyone who wants to use the space for work, 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 Upper Arcade and The Community Rooms are available for hire. We can run events for you with a wide selection of retro and modern gaming consoles, or just provide the spaces on their own to you, with access to our bar.
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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

    Teen Tabletop Half-Term Club

    Wed | 1 June 2022 | 11:00 to 17:00
    Wed | 1 June 2022 | 11:00 to 17:00

    PlayFrame will be running boardgames, RPGs and tabletop miniatures games - and eating noodles and playing retro video games!

    We have two ways to pay and play:

    • £12 for just tabletop games club and Arcade Access all day
    • £15 for all the above + SPECIAL MEAL DEAL: a regular size noodle pot, a snack (any crisps or chocolate bar), and any 330ml can of drink.

    All tickets will be sold at the venue via The Arcade Vaults.

    Open to anyone aged 11+ Run by DBS checked Educational Professionals. Officially sign up to the club and we'll take 'duty of care' for you so you can pop out for some shopping and pick them up later.

    Maximum Melee

    Thu | 2 June 2022 | 19:00 to 21:00
    Thu | 2 June 2022 | 19:00 to 21:00

    Melee is back!

    We'll kick off with a singles tournament bracket and go from there - no pre-registration required, just turn up for now.

    - Venue fee: £3
    - Singles: £2

    Rehearsal - Cardiff Smash Ultimate Weeklies

    Fri | 3 June 2022 | 17:00 to 22:00
    Fri | 3 June 2022 | 17:00 to 22:00

    Rehearsal is the Cardiff Smash weeklies from Showtime, Wales' number 1 Smash Ultimate Scene!

    Pre-sign ups are essential, so as this is a weekly event we'll direct you to their Discord for more information.

    Rehearsal - Cardiff Smash Ultimate Weeklies

    Fri | 10 June 2022 | 17:00 to 22:00
    Fri | 10 June 2022 | 17:00 to 22:00

    Rehearsal is the Cardiff Smash weeklies from Showtime, Wales' number 1 Smash Ultimate Scene!

    Pre-sign ups are essential, so as this is a weekly event we'll direct you to their Discord for more information.

    The Vault (Smash Melee at TAV)

    Sat | 11 June 2022 | 11:00 to 21:00
    Sat | 11 June 2022 | 11:00 to 21:00

    Wales's first Smash Melee regional since 2019 is finally here - The Vault happening on Saturday 11th June! Tickets must be purchased online at smash.gg - link below!

    FEATURING

    • 32 Person Cap for Melee Singles
    • 16 Team Cap Doubles tournament
    • Phoenix Smash Live Stream
    • 10% off all food and drink in the venue

    PRICING

    • Registration fee - £10
    • Melee Singles - £5
    • Melee Doubles - £3 Per Person / £6 Per Team

    SCHEDULE

    • Venue opens - 11:00
    • Doubles - 12:00 - 14:00
    • Singles wave A - 14:00 - 15:30
    • Singles wave B - 15:30 - 17:00
    • Singles brackets - 17:30 until finish

    Please note: We kindly ask that no external food and drink is brought into the premises. This will be strictly enforced, thanks for understanding!

    Maximum Melee

    Thu | 16 June 2022 | 19:00 to 21:00
    Thu | 16 June 2022 | 19:00 to 21:00

    Melee is back!

    We'll kick off with a singles tournament bracket and go from there - no pre-registration required, just turn up for now.

    - Venue fee: £3
    - Singles: £2

    Tabletop RPG Day

    Sat | 25 June 2022 | 12:00 to 22:00
    Sat | 25 June 2022 | 12:00 to 22:00

    Did you know there's a whole host of different types of Role Playing Games available out there that include the ever popular Dungeons & Dragons, as well as Call of Cthulu, Cyberpunk and even Star Wars? With our experienced Games Masters, we're going to be running a selection games for those of you who are after a one-off RPG or D&D fix, over 2 sessions (12pm - 4pm and 5pm - 9pm). Our super friendly team will aim to ease you in and will also make sure you have a fun and wild adventure! This month we're running 3 D&D games and a Dread game.

    Entry is just £5 which include a free soft drink and a selection of table snacks to keep you going throughout your game. Plus, you can get 10% off all RPG merchandise in the shop!

    Please note, all these campaigns are only suitable for those ages 18 and over:.

    • ONE HELL OF A NIGHT (D&D)
    • DOLLHOUSE (DREAD)
    • ESCAPE FROM DRAGONTOOTH (D&D)
    • THE MISTS OF CAMBRIA (D&D)

    Looking forward to seeing you on the day - for any further information please contact Scott at scottrt@thearcadevaults.org.uk

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