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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.

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These are the finest bones dug up lately,
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Tourney idea- Sudden Death Conundrums

Brainstorm by James Laverty. Status: Unconfirmed.

Some of you may remember Andy's Sudden Death Letters tourney last year, with what happened in the tourney being pretty self explanatory. Just as a brainstorm, would anyone be interested in a similar tourney ... [Read more] [More miscellany]

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New character idea: Marvin the Paranoid Android

Game feature request by James Laverty. Status: Unconfirmed.

This ticket was created by the Character Spindlomatic, which you should use to create your own characters! [apterous link] --------------------------------------- I suggest the ... [Read more] [More feature requests]

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Potential tournament series

Brainstorm by Bojack Horseman. Status: Unconfirmed.

Having discussed it briefly with one or two people on aptochat tonight, I would very much be interested in running a series of speed tournaments. I propose it goes in cycles, starting with the tournaments ... [Read more] [More miscellany]

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Collapsible tournament notifications on the main page

Brainstorm by Marcus Hares. Status: Unconfirmed.

I'm delighted to see all the great tourneys on apterous - the more the merrier as far as I'm concerned! But would it be possible to collapse/hide all the tournament notifications from the main page please? ... [Read more] [More miscellany]

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66 Days to go!

Announcement by Alan Young. Status: Unconfirmed.

OK Guys so we're nearing the date for Co: Glasgow and I wanted to give everyone a nudge. I've had a lot of interest shown and I'd like to get some more concrete numbers. I'm also starting to get excited ... [Read more] [More miscellany]

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Apterous Masters 2015

Announcement by Zarte Siempre. Status: Unconfirmed.

Yes, that's right. The annual Apterous Masters are back... and no, I'm not Ben. Unfortunately, the original Master of Ceremonies has other projects taking up his time at the moment, and so he needed someone ... [Read more] [More miscellany]

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Co:Apterous 2 - Live Co:Event to be played on apterous Sat 28th March!

Announcement by Callum Todd. Status: Unconfirmed.

After a small amount of discussion on this ticket, [apterous link], I am ready to announce a co:event to take place in 6 weeks' time on Saturday 28th March. The itinerary ... [Read more] [More miscellany]

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GOTW archive needs a bit of cleaning up....

Brainstorm by Jon Stitcher. Status: Unconfirmed.

Not too sure what we should do with this but there are many games on the GOTW archive where one of the players has had the game discounted for various reasons. This leaves the strange situation where ... [Read more] [More miscellany]

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The 2nd Apto-tude Cup

Announcement by Zarte Siempre. Status: Unconfirmed.

It's back :) Hopefully you all remember the drill, but for those who don't, full details are on the tourney page - [apterous link] However 2 quick points: 1) This ... [Read more] [More miscellany]

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Tourney idea - "The Chase: Apterous Style"

Brainstorm by Jack Worsley. Status: Unconfirmed.

I have an idea for a tournament but I'm not sure if it can realistically work, so I need some help. It would be based on the ITV quiz show “The Chase” but by playing apterous, rather than quizzing. ... [Read more] [More miscellany]

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Re Jack's Ticket. Eggheads Tourney?

Brainstorm by Adam Finlay. Status: Unconfirmed.

This is mainly a response to Jack's ticket, but I found myself writing loads that I thought I should just make a new ticket and see how it goes from there. I've been thinking of an Eggheads type tourney, ... [Read more] [More miscellany]

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GotY 2014

Announcement by Adam Gillard. Status: Unconfirmed.

Evening, folks! This is an announcement that I launched the GotY 2014 thread on the c4c forum some time ago and it has only just occurred to me to publicise it here as well: [C4Countdown link] ... [Read more] [More miscellany]

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New item idea: Life, the Universe, and Everything

Game feature request by Callum Todd. Status: Unconfirmed.

We already have the Fruit Machine item for 777, the Subtitle for 888, the Flake and Ambulance for 99 and 999 respectively, and most recently the microphone and megaphone for 1212 and 121212. I think that ... [Read more] [More feature requests]

7Up votes 0Down votes 1Replies

Blitz of Blitzes - tournament starting late March

Announcement by Jamie M. Status: Unconfirmed.

So I thought I'd have another go at running a tournament. I've called it Blitz of Blitzes, and it'll go through all the different high score formats that are 10-second rounds with format LLLLC LLLLC LLLLC. ... [Read more] [More miscellany]

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Co:Apterous 2

Brainstorm by Callum Todd. Status: Unconfirmed.

Last year I ran a tourney on apterous called Co:Apterous that was meant to simulate a co:event. I think it worked quite well, but the major problem with it is that it was a simulation of a one-day event, ... [Read more] [More miscellany]

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Classic Mocktorun

Game feature request by Nick Deller. Status: Accepted.

Now we've got Mocktorun bedded in as a format, might it be a good idea to sellotape 8 assorted classic opponents together into a single game, starting with one against a reigning champion? It would keep ... [Read more] [More feature requests]

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Achievement unlocked!

Game feature request by Graeme Cole. Status: Unconfirmed.

As feature requests go, this is quite a big one... Apterous currently has two different ways of marking achievements: Items and Landmarks. The "Items" system seems to commemorate a hodge-podge of things ... [Read more] [More feature requests]

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Brainstorm by Rhys Benjamin. Status: Unconfirmed.

Matt Morrison (legend) said I should put this in a ticket, so here goes: _______ Should we have an Apterous Simulation of a Series Championship of Champions I (apto.SOS.COC1) after this series, which ... [Read more] [More miscellany]

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"Like comment" or "Nice" button on game comments

Game feature request by Bojack Horseman. Status: Unconfirmed.

Just a minor feature request I would like to see, and not a necessity or a priority... but it would be good if you could like or find comments nice that are on games, i.e Jen's comment on this game: [apterous link], ... [Read more] [More feature requests]

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Time for another Aegilops star path?

Variant idea by Sean D. Status: Unconfirmed.

Does exactly what it says on the tin. I’d like to suggest the introduction of a second Aegilops star chart. (We already have more than one for Goatdown.) It seems to be a pretty popular variant, and ... [Read more] [More variant ideas]


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