Mario Kart and Milkshakes

Our First MarioKart And Milkshakes Was Awesome!

Thanks To You Our First MarioKart and Milkshakes Event Was Awesome!

We just want to say a big thank you to everyone who came out yesterday to make our first Mario kart and milkshakes event a great success. Everybody had a great time and we got to sample some of our milkshakes.

Some of the milkshakes that we sampled were our new fluffernutter, cherry bomb, and Key lime pie, combine that with a few of our favorites such as the Nutella Dream and Birthday cake shake and think everyone was pretty excited over the samples. if you were one of the attendees please let us know what you thought.

With St. Patrick’s Day right around the corner we plan on debuting a few new green shakes such as pistachio and green chocolate mint. We have one other milkshake that will be debuting but we’re going to keep it under wraps for now as it’ll blow your socks off.

If you missed this event we will be hosting it again in two weeks on March 7.

Edmonton's Best Birthday PartiesWe also want to say thank you to our birthday party that we hosted in The Vault at the same time, it looked like everyone had a blast and enjoyed the pizzas. We are really happy that you decided to share your special day with us, much love! Also thank you for the great reviews from @wonderwomaniskey on Instagram and Shaun Gratton on our Google Business page, we really appreciate it and it helps us to grow the business.

Axis and Allies 1942 Opening Round Russia

Opening Round Action In Axis and Allies 1942

Today we’re gonna discuss the first round strategy of axis and Allies 1942 edition

Axis and Allies 1942 Opening Round RussiaWhether you are a veteran player of Axis and Allies or an aspiring general just starting the game and wants to get off on the right foot these opening strategies will put you on the fast track to dominating your foes.

The strategy will focus on the first round moves for all the countries involved played in order starting with the USSR.

The Soviet Union frequently has the same strategy of buying infantry, retreating from battle and eventually getting destroyed by Germany in Russia. What if this wasn’t always the Soviet’s fate? What if instead they went on the offensive and put Germany on their heels right off the start. Well, that is exactly what we are going to discuss and employ during the first round of battle.

One of the main problems with the Soviet Union is that they are heavy on infantry which has terrible attack attributes, and when combined with a lower IPC it is hard for the Soviets to keep any form of pressure on the Germans and usually leads to just building up infantry in Russia and trying to hold on as long as they can. The problem with this is that even if you have 70 infantry on Russia put a low IPC count the Germans are able to destroy more troops then you can replace, this means that it’s only a matter of time before the Soviet Union is defeated.

In our opening round, we are going to set a more offensive tone for the Soviet Union by purchasing artillery to go with our massive infantry. This gives the Soviets the opportunity to attack at a much higher level as infantry attributes go up to 2 on the attack when combined with the artillery force. also by forcing an attack against Germany the Soviets will gain more IPC’s per round all well depleting the Germans massive IPC per round count. At the same time, we are going to lead to a mass of infantry to slow the advance of Japan in northeastern Russia.

Now does the strategy work every time? The simple answer is no, you never know exactly what your pony does going to do but for me just purchasing infantry and trying to hang on can be incredibly boring, every once in a while you just want to throw your opponent off and try something new.


Here is the opening round Axis and Allies move by move strategy for the Soviet Union:


Let’s start out with the purchase cycle and here we are going to purchase for infantry and three artillery for a total of 24 IPC. Now in the combat phase, we are going to hit Germany hard first in West Russia and then in the Ukraine SSR.


West Russia:

We will bring down all but one infantry from Karelia SSR, and our single artillery unit. From Russia, then we bring in all four infantry our one artillery unit and two tanks. We also have one tank sitting in archangel that we will bring down into West Russia.

Soviet Union Attack Power: 9x Infantry *2x Artillery * 1x Tank for a total attack power of 18

German Defence Power: 1x Tank * 1 Artillery * 3x Infantry for a total defense power of 11

This gives you a chance of 62.07% of winning this battle. 


Ukraine SSR Strafe:

We are going to do initial strafe of the Ukraine which simply means we’re gonna attack in the first round if it goes well and we happen to take it over fantastic but if it doesn’t look good we’re going to retreat back into the Caucasus. We’re going to bring in our 2 Yak three fighters one from Russia and the other from Karelia to support our three infantry, one artillery and three tank units in the Caucasus.

Soviet Union Attack Power: 2x fighters * 3x Infantry *1x Artillery * 3x Tank for a total attack power of 21

German Defence Power: 1x Bomber * 1x Fighter * 1x Tank * 1 Artillery * 3x Infantry for a total defense power of 16

This would give you a 56.76% chance of winning this battle. 

That will complete Russia’s attack phase for round one, now it’s up to the dice to play this strategy out. Taking West Russia should be relatively easy but overtaking Ukraine is another story.


The one other thing that you can consider here instead of using your Fighters In the strafe of Ukraine you can divert them over to water zone 5 and attack the submarine and transports littering this area. This will most likely make the difference for the British Navy surviving Germany’s first-round attack against them in water Zone 7. You will likely lose a fighter either in the battle or during Germany’s first-round retaliation as one of your Fighters will be left pretty much undefended After being forced to land in Karelia. 


Soviet Union Attack Power: 3x Infantry *1x Artillery * 3x Tank for a total attack power of 15

German Defence Power: 1x Bomber * 1x Fighter * 1x Tank * 1 Artillery * 3x Infantry for a total defense power of 16

This would give you a 48.39% chance of winning this battle. Now, remember you are not necessarily trying to take Ukraine at this point oh, you are simply trying to eliminate old Germany’s Infantry in this space. You will have one attack do that before retreating back into the Caucasus. 


Battle of Sea Zone 5: Now that you’ve saved your two fighters from assisting in the strafe of Ukraine you can use them in the Battle of sea zone 5 by attacking the one German Cruiser, submarine, and transport in this Zone. It is most likely that the sub is going to submerge after the first round of fighter attacks, this will leave you with a 66.67% chance of winning this battle and greatly reducing the Germans attacking abilities of sea zone 7 in their first round. 


Now the choice is yours but these are two very good opening moves for the Soviet Union, I personally like including the Battle of season 5 in my opening move. You can quite easily take Ukraine by bringing in your two fighters but it will most likely be taken back the next round by the Germans. I find it better to Simply do a strafe, retreat to the Caucasus where you can regroup and possibly go after Ukraine in the next round. And although you are ultimately going to lose an expensive fighter, in my opinion, it is well worth it to take out the cruiser and transport and help your allies in Great Britain. 

Next Time in opening round action we will focus on Germany

Make sure to check back for our next article where we will discuss Germany’s opening move answering What you can do if the Soviets do use this strategy or the more aggressive tactic you can take if your opponent is more conservative. On a separate note did you know that Beamdog, the company behind Axis and Allies online is located right here in Edmonton? Check out their webpage where you can see some of the other great games they are working on. 

Do you wanna play Axis and Allies in Edmonton? Come check out Axis and Allies weekly game at the Vault Gaming Room

Mario Kart & Milkshakes

Mario Kart & Edmonton’s Best Milkshakes

That’s right Edmonton, we think we offer the best milkshakes in the city and we have organized a Mario Kart tournament and milkshake tasting to prove it.

This Saturday, February 22/2020 we are going to be hosting an all-ages Mario kart tournament where we will be sampling some of our new milkshakes. We think they might be the best milkshakes in Edmonton and we invite you to come down and tell us what you think.

We will be playing Mario kart deluxe eight on 120-inch projection screens. There will be 3 screens running out of time with a maximum of 12 players at a time.

Mario Kart 8 Deluxe Tournament At The Vault Gaming RoomThe event is free to join and open to all ages. The winner Will get a Mario kart prize pack, their choice of one of our new Freaks shakes and dinner for two with their choice of two personal size pizzas and two drinks or two of our awesome burger platters.

Some of the new milkshakes we will be sampling are:

The Fluffernutter Freak Shake: if you ever had the famous sandwich with the same name then you know what this shake is all about, marshmallow fluff, peanut butter, toasted marshmallow rim, a couple of fudge brownies on top with fresh organic peanut butter and chocolate sauce.

Cherry Bomb: this amazing dark cherry shake is topped with whipped cream, chocolate fudge brownies with maraschino cherries in a hard chocolate shell.

Keylime Pie Milkshake: Ok this one is a personal favorite of mine. This refreshing lime/lemon graham crust flavored shake will allow your adult side happy with your mature tastes and the kid in you wanting to order another one.

If one of the new ones isn’t catching your eye there are more than 20 other shakes on the menu to choose from.

A few of our Freak Shakes “Extreme Milkshakes”

The Birthday Cake Shake: Every weekend The Vault is filling up with more and more birthday parties and of course we had to make a shake fitting the occasion, and so the Birthday Cake Freak Shake was born! This delicious shake also might be the most Canadian milkshake ever as we have added Tim Hortons birthday cake Timbits for that extra kick, top it off with a slice of red velvet cake and we will have you singing “Happy Birthday To Me” all year long.

Strawberry CheeseShake: A Delicious homemade Strawberry Shake with white chocolate, graham cracker, whipped cream, Strawberries, and a HUNK of Strawberry Cheesecake! This one is a fan favorite!

Nutella Dream: A rich chocolate shake, with Nutella and smashed Oreos, fudge chocolate
brownie, M & M’s, chocolate bar chunks & Ferro Rocher chocolates all piled high
on top of whipped cream.

We are adding new recipes all the time so be sure to follow us on Facebook for our latest posts.

Edmonton Birthday Party Venue

Edmonton Birthday Party Venue – The Vault Gaming Room

Edmonton’s Best Birthday Party

Vault Gaming Room EdmontonPlanning your child’s birthday party gets harder and harder as they get older. Kids today are no longer happy with a birthday cake, snacks, and old school party games like pin the tail on the donkey to keep them entertained. The parties you see at bowling alleys and sleepovers have all been done before, and you know your child and his or her friends want something more fun and exciting to do. If you trying to plan a birthday party, where all the kids will love and remember it, it might be time for you to find a way to combine your kid’s party and video games. We will even spice it up a bit from there with a few classic games such as cornhole and speed stacking. We put the kids through a series of classics and combine it with new console video games from Nintendo, Xbox, and Playstation.


A Video Game Party In Edmonton

Your kid loves to play video games, just ask them. Walk into pretty much any home, and you will find some type of gaming console that the kids love using. Creating a birthday party that provides entertainment using video games and some classic games is a great way to keep the kids engaged and having fun with each other. The problem you may run into is that you simply do not have space for all the kids to play at the same time, or you may not have the games that kids like to play the most. That is where the Vault Gaming Room comes in.

Making the Birthday Party Amazing

At The Vault Gaming Room, we specialize in building a kid’s party and video games in a way that will create nonstop fun for everyone there. We have twenty console systems and four systems that are hooked up to 100” projector screens making for the best Mario Kart experience in the city. Combine that with our indoor cornhole toss and our cup speed stacking table and the party is unforgettable.


Don’t Forget About The Food!

No party is complete without great food and drinks, this is where The Vault Gaming Room really shines. The Vault is part of the Black Bull Kitchen and The Bull specializes in pizza, burgers, and poutine all of which are favorites with kids. We also have other great selections such as our smoked meat sandwich, fish and chips, and steak sandwich. We can even provide the cake customized with your child’s name.


Get Ice Cream And Have Your Cake Too With A Freak Shake

If you really want to shake things up you can even get a round of Freak Shakes that will have the kid’s eyes bugging out of their heads! These shakes are over the top with great flavors and toppings such as birthday cake, fudge brownies, cheesecake or cookies! These just might be the best milkshakes in Edmonton!


Make Your Party Special

When you need a way to make your kid’s party and video games work together, call us at The Vault Gaming Room. You can learn more about us and our amazing party services by reading the information here on our website. You can then give us a call at 780-489-3344 to ask questions or book your party so you can have a special party for your child.

Axis & Allies Edmonton

Board Games Are Making A Comeback

Board Games Are Making A Comeback In Edmonton

Axis & Allies EdmontonI am old enough to remember the days before video games when we gathered around the table to play a game of Monopoly or Risk, but I am also young enough that I remember getting my first Nintendo and my first game Ice Hockey back in 1988. This started a love of video games that continues to this day, but I still always loved to play tabletop board games such as Axis & Allies, RISK, Combat Commander, and Age of Steam.

The one problem with the introduction of video games was the solitude of gaming that started to develop, no longer did you require that a group of friends or family would get together to play a game, you could just sit down in front of your TV and entertain yourself. This can be fun from time to time and of course with the addition of the internet and the ability to play against people from all over the globe there seems to be an endless amount of willing players, but no longer sitting face to face with friends and enjoying their company.

Of course, board games still existed but certainly took a back seat to the video gaming consoles and still do in sales volume but are really starting to make a comeback with people gathering either at home or heading out to board game cafe’s where they can sit with old friends or new friends and enjoy a tabletop game and maybe a coffee or beer. This was the reason we opened The Vault Gaming Room, we wanted to bring the social aspect of gaming back to the public for both board games and console gaming.

Dice Hockey GameThe Vault Gaming Room offers multiple table settings where a group can sit together and play console games while enjoying a pizza and drink or they can choose to use one of the inhouse board games for free. We also have 14 solo stations that have LAN settings to allow for inhouse gaming tournaments or single-player use. We didn’t stop there though, The Vault also has space for D&D, Magic The Gathering, and Warhammer fans, these private rooms allow for RPG gaming that might take a full day to complete without having to be interrupted. Of course, The Vault also offers it’s clients the use of over 100 board games free of charge for use while visiting us.


Axis & Allies Weekly In Edmonton

Are You Looking To Play Axis & Allies In Edmonton?

Axis & Allies EdmontonI have always been fascinated with the events of World War II, whether it was the tragedy,  innovation, industrial movement, sacrifice, or the culture shock that took place because of it I was fascinated as a kid and even more so today.

I remember growing up playing with my little green army men where I would line them up in formations and take turns with my friends shooting them down with elastics until only one army remained. And of course, learning about World War II in school and hearing stories from my Grand Father pulled me in even more.  Over the years reading books of both fact and fiction continued to fuel my desire to learn more, and now today I find myself searching for great movies and documentaries that depict war stories from both the Axis & Allies point of view.

From blockbuster movies such as Saving Private Ryan, The Dirty Dozen, and Schindlers List to Das Boot, Downfall, and Dunkirk, and great documentaries such as The Battle Of Midway, The Soviet Story, and The Battle Of Britain. Now today Netflix World War II In Color has my attention.

All of these movies, books, and stories have played a part in my desire to play Axis & Allies as often as I have been able to find willing participants to take part in this amazing war strategy game. This game is not for the faint of heart who expect to be finished in 30 minutes to an hour, plan to spend at least four hours letting the battles unfold before you, watching your Alley partners plan their next moves and the opponent Axis commanders try to foil your well-laid plans.

The game requires that you spend time both planning your strategy and reacting to the strategy of your opponents, but you must also pay attention to allocate your limited production and building up your battered battlefronts. Make big decisions and plan attacks while navigating geopolitical issues against the world leaders of the time.

This was a pivotal time in history and the game does a good job at painting broad simulation of this fascinating and complicated time in history.

Weekly Axis & Allies Gaming At The Vault

The Vault Gaming Room offers a place for fans of Axis & Allies to gather and play many different versions of the game each week on both Tuesday nights from 6-10 and Sunday afternoons starting at 2:00 PM. We are a fully licensed restaurant so you can enjoy a drink and great food while you play and we have space to offer multiple games at the same time.

The Vault also offers other games such as Risk, Warhammer, D&D, and Magic The Gathering to more new games that are just being released to the marketplace. We are located at 16642 109 Ave. inside the Black Bull Kitchen.