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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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An 'open' or 'reopen' sign-ups button for tourney organizers.

Website feature request by Callum Todd. Status: Unconfirmed.

Apologies if this is a duplicate ticket; I've searched to see if it already exists and couldn't find one. I've just started to run my third tournament and, of those three, this is the second for which ... [Read more] [More feature requests]

8Up votes 0Down votes 12Replies

Apto-tude stats request ticket (Ask Zarte, basically)

Miscellaneous topic by Zarte Siempre. Status: Unconfirmed.

This might have absolutely no takers whatsoever, but it's here if anyone would like me to have a nosey for some facts :) [Read more] [More miscellany]

10Up votes 0Down votes 3Replies

Hypertouch tourney! Starting 16th August.

Announcement by Callum Todd. Status: Unconfirmed.

I feel the first two Hypergoatourneys ([apterous link] and [apterous link]) were fairly successful. So, in light of their success, ... [Read more] [More miscellany]

18Up votes 0Down votes 13Replies

New item idea: Microphone & Megaphone

Game feature request by George Pryn. Status: Unconfirmed.

This is an item for getting two twelves in a row, if there's already an item for this feel free to close, I did have a little look and couldn't find anything The microphone follows the same design as ... [Read more] [More feature requests]

41Up votes 2Down votes 4Replies

Typing... notification

Game feature request by Adam Dexter. Status: Unconfirmed.

Many times I am left hanging at the end of a game, not sure if my opponent is typing something long to me, so waiting for a while. If there was a "typing" notification in In-game chat, then it would alleviate ... [Read more] [More feature requests]

3Up votes 0Down votes 18Replies

C4C/ Apto Fantasy Football

Miscellaneous topic by Eoin Monaghan. Status: On-going.

We're back up... I've renewed last season's league for the Classic League, which means anyone who was in it last season doesn't have to enter the code, but the Head-to-Head one doesn't seem to allow me ... [Read more] [More miscellany]

29Up votes 0Down votes 6Replies

Superstats - Hour of the day/week

Website feature request by Jon O'Neill. Status: Unconfirmed.

I'd be interested to see people's % of maxes at different hours of the day, and on different days of the week. A Superstats graph of this would interest me greatly. [Read more] [More feature requests]

16Up votes 0Down votes 5Replies

Chat notifications

Game feature request by Mark D. Status: Accepted. Priority: 2.

You know how in messenger programs like MSN, Yahoo, AIM, Facebook, etc, there's a notification of some description (a pop sound, a flashing bar, or whatever) that signifies you got a message? One of them ... [Read more] [More feature requests]

7Up votes 2Down votes 6Replies

Ticket Search to have filters

Website feature request by Gevin Chapwell. Status: Unconfirmed.

If you go to ticket search [apterous link] you just have the option of typing a word or phrase. I think it would be good if you could select various things like ticket type, username ... [Read more] [More feature requests]

6Up votes 3Down votes 6Replies


Variant idea by George Pryn. Status: Unconfirmed.

Octoplussy is a variant that allows you to fixate purely on 8/9 letter words, as well as difficult numbers targets and with challenging conundrums. --- Scoring: Either Gevin scoring or perhaps 16 for ... [Read more] [More variant ideas]

10Up votes 0Down votes 7Replies

Apterous/C4C Superbru for the Premiership 2014/15

Miscellaneous topic by Zarte Siempre. Status: On-going.

Well after the success of the World Cup Superbru, where all but 4 of the original 21 players kept picking right til the end, I reckoned it was only right that we had a crack at the Premiership season. ... [Read more] [More miscellany]

25Up votes 7Down votes 7Replies

Bayfield's Delight

Variant idea by Andy Platt. Status: Unconfirmed.

We have a Gevin's Delight, so it's not unreasonable to suggest a similar game of Lx14 Cx1 - as seen here: [apterous link] I know it's a bit of a white elephant but I think ... [Read more] [More variant ideas]

6Up votes 1Down votes 7Replies

Ticket search should not be accessed via its own page

Website feature request by Matt Morrison. Status: Unconfirmed.

[apterous link] -> [apterous link] The search form should be on screen under the rest of the buttons - not hidden behind a button of its own on a separate ... [Read more] [More feature requests]

11Up votes 1Down votes 0Replies

Tournaments you've applied to run

Website feature request by Matt Morrison. Status: Unconfirmed.

There's only one section missing to make the "My tourneys" page truly exhaustive - "Tournaments you've applied to run". Ok, I doubt anyone has ever forgotten whether or not they applied to do a particular ... [Read more] [More feature requests]

11Up votes 0Down votes 9Replies

Seeking while playing ascension?

Brainstorm by Jonathan Wynn. Status: Unconfirmed.

Title says it all really-would this be possible? Also, any chance of a 'force bot to solve' option (I'm sure there are valid reasons as to why there isn't already, perhaps to do with fastest ascension ... [Read more] [More miscellany]

8Up votes 2Down votes 6Replies

'Flagged Games' tab

Website feature request by George Pryn. Status: Unconfirmed.

Hey hey, My idea is for there to be a tab on everyone's profile page - along with the recent games, big words etc - called 'flagged' games. On this tab shows all of your own games that you have flagged, ... [Read more] [More feature requests]

9Up votes 0Down votes 0Replies

Co event in London August 23rd

Announcement by Heather Styles. Status: Unconfirmed.

LESS THAN TWO MONTHS TO GO until CoMultiLon! [C4Countdown link] [Read more] [More miscellany]

10Up votes 1Down votes 1Replies

Bash Room person leaving bug

Game feature request by Greg Holloway. Status: Unconfirmed.

Bug description: If there are two players, A and B, in the Bash Room, and a teaser comes up, then if A solves the teaser but B leaves after the teaser has come up, A will have to wait the remaining time ... [Read more] [More feature requests]

10Up votes 0Down votes 1Replies

My subscribed discussions

Website feature request by Gevin Chapwell. Status: Unconfirmed.

If I comment on a game or ticket, I become subscribed tot he discussion. Or I can click on the thing to receive notifications on any discussion. But I don't think there's a way of finding a list of discussions ... [Read more] [More feature requests]

6Up votes 0Down votes 2Replies

Apterous to recognise similar custom setups

Brainstorm by Adam Curran. Status: Unconfirmed.

When I look over PBs or formats from the last 30 days, I notice that there's nothing for when I play custom Goatdown Junior Letters Attacks in German,. I would like to see some sort of statistic for these ... [Read more] [More miscellany]


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  • News: Please do not install the latest Java update just yet -- it seems to have broken the game. We're investigating ASAP. [Discussion]
  • News: Peter Lee receives the Spoon of Awesome, the first person to receive the award posthumously and the first person to receive it with a perfect +50 vote. RIP Peter, you're still missed. [Discussion]

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1 July 2014

  • Improved: The front page Top Dog standings now only show games from today. [Discussion]

30 June 2014

  • News: Updated ProRanks for this week.
  • New: Tournament organizers can now easily aptomail their organizees. [Discussion]

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