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[Data Collection] - "Annals of Castle Black"

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Where do I find the Annals of Castle Black?
 
Here. The current version is brought to you by Istaril, assisted by the heroic efforts of Jason Wentworth (Coding), and Michael Henri Lamezec (Graphic Design).
 
What is (are?) The Annals?
 
The Annals of Castle Black is a repository for AGOT tournament information dating back to 1st edition (for old versions, see  "History of the Annals" below). As a user, the Annals allows you to browse current and historical data for Thrones events throughout the world. These data can be very useful for analyzing the meta-game – player choices of decks and decktypes. As it is queryable, you can set custom parameters to 'define' the meta-game that interests you; do you only want to know the results of European tournaments? Only tournaments with a top 4 or larger cut? Only tournaments using the latest Chapter Pack? 
 
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!
 
Articles based on data from The Annals:
 
"The Meta: A Year in Review" (2nd Edition, Aug 15th  2016), by Istaril
"A Living Meta" (1st Edition, April 9th 2014), by Istaril 
 
History of the Annals:
 
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What's New?
March 2017
- Will now pull in Jousting Pavillion's newer features, like region locations and latest CP, directly from TJP
- Can now pull ranking data from submissions to The Jousting Pavillion (for tournaments not run in TJP)

Sept 25th 2016:
- You can now import your tournament's data from The Jousting Pavillion, using the button on the "Add tournament" page.

Sept 18th 2016:
- Everything: Vastly improved responsiveness.
- Everything: Brand new look!
- Everything: Compatibility with Safari & Firefox
- Front Page: Now defaults to displaying only the last 3 months of data.
- Front Page: Pie charts now have an outer rim depicting agenda breakdown (for factions) or faction breakdown (For agendas).
- Front Page: Ability to break down faction graphs by agenda, or agenda graphs by faction (simply click on the slice of interest).
- Everything: Colours in graphs are now always consistently tied to factions/agendas.
- Front Page: QR is calculated differently (a log2 transformation). For more info, see "FAQ" below. 
- Tournaments: More sort and filter features. 
- Tournaments & Add Tournament: Ability to edit a submission within 3 days of its entry!
- Add Tournament: Better 'logic' checks to ensure against faulty submissions (e.g. more cut than participants, date format wrong)
- Add Tournament: Ability to use apostrophes. 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!
 
 
What's Coming?
 
In order of priority, we're working on: 
 
- A way to import standing/name/faction data from Tome (Agendas will still have to be manual) or The Jousting Pavilion
- An "about" page.
- A means to support donations for hosting costs.
- Personal stat tracking, by registering and 'tagging' yourself (optional) in tournaments you've attended. Note that whether these are displayed in public leaderboards or not will also be optional.
- Additional graph/leaderboard info.
- Making the Annals available on GitHub, so other programmers can work on/with it.
- Support for Melee tournaments.
 
FAQ:
 

1. Entering Data

 

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2. Using Entered data: 
 
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Thanks to everyone whose given feedback so far. We (I say we, I mean Jason) has already implemented a number of suggestions and fixes since launch including

 

- Bug Fix: Ironing out some bugs with QRs where certain factions weren't being displayed

- Bug Fix: Ensuring links to decks are displayed in a tournament record, when available.

- Bug Fix: Better blocks on impossible numbers ( = -1 participants)

- Optimization: Better scaling based on screen resolution.

- Minor Tweak: Consistent terminology (Factions, not houses, Releases, not CPs)

- Minor Tweak: Full descriptions (without abbreviations) of SCs, GNKs, etc when selecting a tournament.

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Are people allowed to edit any tournament by design? Because I went into the Gen Con Joust and edited my name.
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Are people allowed to edit any tournament by design? Because I went into the Gen Con Joust and edited my name.

 

Yes. Currently, a tournament is only editable up to 3 days after it is posted (but all tournaments were posted when the site went up on Sunday). This generally allows people to reach out to their community to complete a tournament record (or submit the pre-cut record and edit later), while leaving most of the historical record untouchable without actively reaching out to a mod.

 

We may be implementing a few more checks on the system (allowing people who submitted a tournament to edit that tournament indefinitely, if they've registered - or allowing players to add information, but not edit existing information - so they can add decklists or their name). I'm not terribly concerned about vandalism - we have a robust backup system in place, and in 3 years of tournament data (most of it on publically editable spreadsheets), I've had 0 instances of vandalism.


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Another big new addition (Jason is amazing): we now have enabled an import from the Jousting Pavillion. If you run your tournament using that site, you'll be able to, in the "Add tournament" function, directly pull in all of the data for your tournament - filling in only the few gaps (e.g. region).  


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