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What is apterous?

The first thing to say is that apterous is definitely not Countdown. It is not endorsed by Countdown, Channel 4 or anyone important at all. However, it is a game with rounds including numbers, letters and conundrums. This may sound familiar. You can play against your friends over the Internet, or other people's friends if you don't have any of your own. To play, just register and then log in. If you're having problems, head over to our FAQ and, if that doesn't work, please do email me and I'll do my best to help.

Today's Duel Leaders

1Innis Carson—  

Format: 6 rounds of 50 seconds.
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Apterous Pub Quiz Night

Miscellaneous topic by Andy Platt. Status: On-going.

Hi kids Pretty self explanatory. We've done a pub quiz on Saturday night in private chat in Apto the last few weeks and it's working pretty well and people by and large everyone is enjoying it. So for ... [Read more] [More miscellany]

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COLIN XI- 24-25th January 2015

Announcement by Ben Wilson. Status: On-going.

Good evening apterites Following on from the success of the last decade of Countdowning in Lincoln it is with a good heaping chunk of delight that I announce the launch of the eleventh Countdown in Lincoln ... [Read more] [More miscellany]

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Hungarian language

Game feature request by Conor Travers. Status: Unconfirmed.

Having seen the suggestion for Swedish, would anybody be interested in playing using a Hungarian dictionary (I would)? It has more speakers than Finnish, Greek, Welsh, Hebrew, Catalan and Latin, and its ... [Read more] [More feature requests]

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Swedish language

Game feature request by Ian Volante. Status: Unconfirmed.

Would the option of playing Swedish be something that people would be interested in? [Read more] [More feature requests]

7Up votes 1Down votes 6Replies

'Game played in your tournament' notification to link to game recap rather than tourney page

Website feature request by Callum Todd. Status: Unconfirmed.

When a fixture is played in a tourney you're running, and you have in-apterous notifications set, clicking that notification links to the main tourney page rather than the game itself. I use these notifications ... [Read more] [More feature requests]

7Up votes 0Down votes 1Replies

Sortable tournament table listings (including game played date)

Website feature request by Matt Morrison. Status: Unconfirmed.

The impetus for requesting sortable tournament table listings was based around knowing which games were played most recently, hence lumping "add a column for game played date" into one ticket, hope that ... [Read more] [More feature requests]

9Up votes 0Down votes 1Replies

Option to receive both in-apterous and email notifications rather than just one or the other

Website feature request by Matt Morrison. Status: Unconfirmed.

Hopefully title is self-explanatory. This would be absolutely brilliant for me as far as being a tourney director goes (notifications on played games). If I'm not mistaken then this already happens for ... [Read more] [More feature requests]

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Tournament idea- The Crystal Apterous Maze

Brainstorm by Ben Wilson. Status: On-going.

Inspired by the recent trend of applying concepts from game shows to apterous- Marcus's Weakest Link tourneys, James's WWTBAM tourneys and of course Zarte's excellent mole series, I've come up with an ... [Read more] [More miscellany]

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On Being a Countdown Champion

Announcement by Richard Brittain. Status: Unconfirmed.

I'd like to share with you a quick video that I made about my Countdown experiences: [link] [Read more] [More miscellany]

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Spoilage Eddington score leaderboard to show more players

Website feature request by Jon Stitcher. Status: Unconfirmed.

At the moment the leaderboard only shows players with an Eddington score above 100 which only Matthew Tassier has managed, It'd be nice to see some more names on there, maybe show players above 50 or just ... [Read more] [More feature requests]

11Up votes 13Down votes 4Replies

Klingon Apterous

Game feature request by Andy McGurn. Status: Unconfirmed.

With all the foreign language variants, how about playing Apterous in Klingon? [Read more] [More feature requests]

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Incomplete rounds against bots should (in my opinion) be scored as 0 points

Game feature request by Matthew Tassier. Status: Pending.

Request description: I believe to maintain the integrity of high score tables any round where the player leaves the game should not be replayed upon the resumption of the game when the player returns. ... [Read more] [More feature requests]

9Up votes 3Down votes 8Replies


Variant idea by Callum Pickering. Status: Unconfirmed.

Everyone on here loves an obscure word, so if possible I quite like the idea of a variant called "flairdown" where words with less than 30% obscurity (percentage could be higher/lower depending on what ... [Read more] [More variant ideas]

17Up votes 2Down votes 5Replies

Gold pencils

Website feature request by Mark D. Status: On-going.

Per this page: [apterous link] "Variants with rounds per pencil higher than about 1,000 give silver pencils; between 100 and 1,000 give bronze ... [Read more] [More feature requests]

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"Seeking Tourneys Only" status button

Website feature request by Johnny Canuck. Status: Unconfirmed.

The "Seeking", "Online" and "Busy" statuses that can be selected below the chat box have served us very well, and I can only think of one occasions when I'd need to clarify my presence/absence any further. ... [Read more] [More feature requests]

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Tournament licence

Website feature request by Charlie Reams. Status: On-going.

A small number of people run most of apterous' many excellent tournaments, and currently they spend a lot of time waiting around for me to approve them. I suggest a system in which people with a reasonable ... [Read more] [More feature requests]

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Newcomers' Knockout 2013-2014 Grand Final

Announcement by Heather Styles. Status: Unconfirmed.

[apterous link] I am pleased to announce the Grand Final of the Newcomers' Knockout 2013-2014 tournament. We started with 16 players and are now down to the final ... [Read more] [More miscellany]

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Spoilage Numbers Attack II

Brainstorm by Martin Long. Status: Unconfirmed.

I'm planning on organising another Spoilage Numbers Attack tournament next month. The one that I organised last year went very well, with more people participating than I anticipated but I wanted to get ... [Read more] [More miscellany]

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Ascension Leaderboard should display cumulative height

Game feature request by Phil Collinge. Status: Unconfirmed.

After the first cycle is complete, player height is presently listed based on their current cycle only. For example, Jim Bentley has already completed his first cycle yet current height is listed as 1760m ... [Read more] [More feature requests]

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Classic Games: new Editor's Picks wanted

Brainstorm by Charlie Reams. Status: Unconfirmed.

We're getting pretty close to the long-awaited Classic Games update, which should see over 3500 new classic games available to play. So I call on you, dear friends, to help me select which of the ~5400 ... [Read more] [More miscellany]


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20 October 2014

  • News: Updated ProRanks for this week.
  • New: apterous History: September 2014.
  • Fixed: "Random" choice in numbers game can now pick 4 large (or equivalent). [Discussion]

19 October 2014

  • Fixed: Tiebreak conundrums from one game no longer appear in the rematch. [Discussion]

15 October 2014

  • Improved: Dummy accounts are now excluded from leader boards. [Discussion]

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