Every month the Welsh Gaming Network tries to organize a community meet up where we can get together with like-minded friends in real life. At our meet ups we play video games, retro games, board games or sometimes just together for a drink or some food. In 2018 we had some amazing meetups, including regular events at BELONG in Cardiff, meals out and drinks at Viva Brazil, meeting at The Gate for a retro night, hanging out at Firestorm Games for tabletop fun, and community meet ups at large expos like RAPTURE Cardiff and further afield with Insomnia, EGX and Skynet Wales.
In December a brand new gaming venue opened, run by a name who will be familiar to anyone in South Wales – The Arcade Vaults. Previously a pop up running retro events around Cardiff and Newport, The Arcade Vaults how has a permanent venue in High Street Arcade, Cardiff.
The Welsh Gaming Network will be holding our first meet of 2019 at The Arcade Vaults on 19th January from 6pm to 10pm.
When: Saturday January 19th, 6pm to 10pm
Where: The Arcade Vaults, High Street Arcade, Cardiff
The venue usually costs £4 for an evening of gaming fun, but for WGN members signed up in advance, entry will be free – our gift to you for the New Year! There’ll also be a few more other perks for coming and saying hi, but the biggest of all is the opportunity to meet people in real life in a safe, welcoming environment for everyone. If you’re not a social butterfly, no problem, a lot of our members aren’t – but it’s a good start to the New Year to meet some new folks, even if it’s just for half hour or however long you feel comfortable.
Members are welcome to bring a +1 as long as we still have space to do so, just let us know when you reserve your spot.
To reserve a space, you’ll need to be a member on our Discord and head to the #events channel. All you need to do is saying “I’m confirming for the event on the 19th and will be bringing a +1” or something similar, and your name will be added to the guest list. On the night just head to the venue, let them know the name you signed up on Discord with for entry. If you’ve not used Discord before, it’s available through web browser, PC application, Android or iOS app and is a chat program that connects you to our group.
There is a bar selling soft drinks and alcoholic drinks so if you just want to nip in and have a pint (or a can of coke) then come on down. If you want to stay the entire four hours enjoying everything The Arcade Vaults has to offer, from retro, to modern, to virtual reality gaming then we’d love to have you join us!
Brand new members of the WGN and those who haven’t attended an event yet are more than welcome, but under 18s need to be accompanied by an adult. If you can’t make this event then keep an eye on the Discord announcements channel for news on the next one, and feel free to head down to The Arcade Vaults in High Street Arcade who are open to the public every day for gaming fun, as well as offering co-working space for professionals!
If you have any questions at all about this event feel free to PM a member of staff who is online – L0new0lf, Athravan or Rockape and we’re happy to answer any questions at all privately. And after feedback from the next even, we’ll be wearing name-tags so you can hopefully figure out who’s who a little easier on the night. Hope to see you there!
If you’ve got a suggestion for a venue, event or meet up for the Welsh Gaming Network, whether it’s a gaming event or related business, restaurant that accommodates groups or community space where we can bring our own gear, drop us an email as we’re looking to fill our community meet-ups calendar for the rest of the year.