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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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2Up votes 1Down votes 2Replies

Option to delete a word from notes words list

Website feature request by Jon Stitcher. Status: Unconfirmed.

Sometimes when entering words I make a typo and put a word in which is clearly nonsense. I'd like the opportunity to delete that word for the following reasons. 1) It can be embarrassing if people think ... [Read more] [More feature requests]

18Up votes 8Down votes 2Replies

New character idea: Hulk Hogan

Game feature request by Ben Wilson. 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]

8Up votes 0Down votes 12Replies

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]

39Up votes 2Down votes 35Replies

Should Apterous use the ODO lexicon?

Brainstorm by Callum Todd. Status: Unconfirmed.

Today sees the broadcast of the first episode of Series 71 of Countdown, and from now on the TV show will be using the Oxford Online Dictionary (ODO): [link] instead of the Oxford ... [Read more] [More miscellany]

12Up votes 1Down votes 12Replies

Description for Foreign Language Dictionaries

Game feature request by Conor Travers. Status: Unconfirmed.

I think this would be useful, since there are perhaps more grey areas than in English. E.g. French Dictionary: Dictionnaire de Scrabble (or whatever it actually is) Notes: contains plurals, all verb ... [Read more] [More feature requests]

5Up votes 1Down votes 2Replies

Clicking details on a star path shouldn't close the star chart window

Game feature request by Matthew Brockwell. Status: Unconfirmed.

Pretty simply, when you click details on a star path, the star chart window closes, so if you want to play the path or look at others you have to reopen the window. [Read more] [More feature requests]

4Up votes 2Down votes 2Replies

Who won the duel necklaces?

Website feature request by Gevin Chapwell. Status: Unconfirmed.

"News: A total of 21 Duel Necklaces were awarded for July 2014." And it links to this [apterous link] which just tells you the total number of necklaces won by people. Maybe ... [Read more] [More feature requests]

28Up votes 0Down votes 32Replies

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]

19Up votes 0Down votes 5Replies

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]

8Up 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]

10Up votes 2Down votes 4Replies

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]

14Up votes 2Down votes 8Replies

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]

11Up votes 0Down votes 12Replies

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]

7Up votes 0Down votes 3Replies

Apterous to recognise similar custom setups

Website feature request 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 feature requests]

11Up votes 0Down votes 3Replies

Directly compare KPIs in Superstats

Website feature request by Paul Transude. Status: Unconfirmed.

If it's easy to set up, it'd be great to be able to compare KPIs by time in Superstats (i.e. these graphs [apterous link]). What it would look like is: ... [Read more] [More feature requests]

3Up votes 1Down votes 3Replies

Cancelling tournament participators as a useful progress indicator

Brainstorm by Matt Morrison. Status: Unconfirmed.

Is it acceptable to "cancel ticked acceptances" on players who are no longer in a series-format competition, e.g. aptoSOS? I was thinking it may be useful for players to quickly gauge how many people ... [Read more] [More miscellany]

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]

17Up votes 4Down votes 19Replies

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]

9Up votes 5Down votes 3Replies

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]


31 October 2014

30 October 2014

29 October 2014

28 October 2014

27 October 2014

  • News: Updated ProRanks for this week.
  • Improved: Clicking an aptomail email link now also acknowledges the notification for that aptomail. [Discussion]
  • Improved: Tiebreak and sudden death conundrums in Nice will now respect the Nice difficulty limit. [Discussion]

26 October 2014

25 October 2014

  • Improved: Blind, Dogfight, and Nice now all set the conundrum difficulty limit based on the players' ratings in Normal; all other variants don't use the rating at all. See discussion for details. [Discussion]

24 October 2014

23 October 2014

22 October 2014

  • Improved: Apterous's all-time most requested feature: you can now retract an accepted tourney game if the other person hasn't accepted! [Discussion]

21 October 2014

  • Fixed: Being disconnected in the last round of the Duel will no longer prevent it from saving. Woo! [Discussion]

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]

13 October 2014

12 October 2014

7 October 2014

6 October 2014

5 October 2014

2 October 2014

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