The Annals of Castle Black is a community-driven repository for tournament records dating back to the 1st edition of the A Game of Thrones LCG(tm). As a user, the Annals allows you to browse current and historical data for Thrones events across the world. These data can be very useful for analyzing the meta-game – popular choices of decks, the latest over-performing factions. As the database is queryable, you can set custom parameters to 'define' the meta-game that interests you (e.g. Europe only? Only tournaments with 30 or more participants?). In addition to accessing pooled data, you can also browse individual tournament records.
However, this database is only useful if the data continue to be robust. This is entirely dependent on continued community participation in submitting tournament data. Please do your part to obtain and input data from tournaments you know of!
Sept 25 2016
Added import functionality from The Jousting Pavillion in the "Add tournament" page
Fixed an issue with dropdown windows not working on mobile devices
Sept 18 2016
Relaunch of the Annals, sporting a brand new look & vastly improved responsiveness
While this update contained a plethora of new features, sorts, filters and 'checks' to ensure better data, highlights include:
Compatibility with Safari & Firefox
Ability to break down faction charts by agenda (and agenda charts by faction) by clicking on a slice of interest
Qualification Ratio (QR) is now calculated differently (see FAQ)
Tournaments & Add Tournament: Ability to edit a submission within 3 days of its entry
Ability to use apostrophes when submitting tournaments. Seriously. This has been nagging at me for months. You can now use apostrophes in tournament names and player names. This one is for all of you with anglicized Irish surnames!
Known Bugs: - The positioning of the "back to faction" button can obscure data in QR graphs
History of The Annals
The Annals began as a project of Alex Hynes (Istaril)'s in 2014, inspired by the efforts of Will Lentz (Kennon) to collect regional stats for the 2C1C Podcast, followed by Bert (L1b3rtine)'s attemps to facilitate the process using a google spreadsheet in 2013. The first edition spreadsheets were seperated by FAQs, which at the time best defined the meta, and are still available here: 5.5, 5.4, 5.3.1, 5.2, 5.0, 4.2. When 2nd edition launched, the sheets were updated (archived here), but it was clear the google sheets model wouldn't be sufficient to match the growth of the game. With the help of James Evans (dRakk), the Annals was turned into a queryable database in February 2016, vastly improving its functionality. It wasn't long before even this structure was straining under the weight of submissions and queries, and with the help of Jason Wentworth (Coding) and Michael Henri Lamezec (Graphic Design), the Annals was re-relaunched into its current form, porting over all the data from the second edition versions since launch.
About the "Authors"
Alex “Istaril” Hynes
Founder and curator of The Annals, Istaril can't seem to cut down his AGOT involvement in Thrones-related projects. He's also co-host of the Beyond the Wall podcast, curator of the rules forum on cardgamedb, proofreader for FFG, honorary member of the Quill & Tankard Regulars... and probably a few other things he either doens't remember or isn't allowed to talk about. Still, if pressed, he'll admit the Annals are his favourite.
He's always up for fun projects that enhance the community, and has done artwork for The Second Sons (on agotnordic), AMC's YouTube channel, the AGoT Master's Draft as well as some alternate art templates. You can find him in the Facebook Group or as Linkingverbs on the boards, and also at that last table of the round that's about to go to time. Yep, that's him - the one with his dog Renly on the playmat.