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.

Current Duel Leaders

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Format: 21 rounds of 25 seconds.
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Why so many lockdown duels?

Brainstorm by Jonathan Wynn. Status: Unconfirmed.

I don't know if there's just some weird thing where I just notice it disproportionately but this appears to be the format of the duel almost every other day. What is it that people love about it so much, ... [Read more] [More miscellany]

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Apterous Election Night

Announcement by Matthew S Rutherford. Status: Unconfirmed.

To make election night a little less horrendous, anyone for a small tourney? Would progress as follows.... Starting up at 20:00 (I know not everyone is going through the night), each player will be assigned ... [Read more] [More miscellany]

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GotY (Game of the Year) - handing over the reins

Announcement by Adam Gillard. Status: Unconfirmed.

GotY is now coming up to its tenth running and I'd like to hand over the reins to a more active user of apterous. If you're interested and willing to commit the time to administer the nominations and the ... [Read more] [More miscellany]

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Christmas Pub Quiz 2019

Brainstorm by Sam Prouse. Status: Unconfirmed.

It's that time again. I will be hosting my annual Christmas Pub Quiz very soon. The date i am aiming for is Thursday the 5th December, with sign-ups opening at 7:30, however this date is subject to change. ... [Read more] [More miscellany]

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Statland seems to be broken

Miscellaneous topic by Roger Vincent. Status: Unconfirmed.

Nothing in statland seems to have updated for about two weeks. Everything is "imminent". Personal superstats the same; normally they update shortly after you visit them but that's not happening either. ... [Read more] [More miscellany]

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Number game auto-declare

Game feature request by James Hall. Status: Unconfirmed.

OK, I know I'm an idiot but I cannot be the only person who's done this. I regularly type my numbers game solutions into the "Notes" box so I don't have to do the clicky button thing after the time is ... [Read more] [More feature requests]

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Live updates from the FOCAL finals today

Announcement by Graeme Cole. Status: Unconfirmed.

In case anyone's interested, here's a page with almost-live results and standings from Wolverhampton today. [link] [Read more] [More miscellany]

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Warning that that you haven't declared a target yet in the numbers

Game feature request by Gevin Chapwell. Status: Unconfirmed.

I don't know about anyone else, but I think it can be easy to accidentally forget to make a declaration in a numbers round. Unlike on the show, you have to make your declaration within the 30 seconds. ... [Read more] [More feature requests]

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Countdown in London (CO:LON) - 16 May 2020

Announcement by Fiona T. Status: Unconfirmed.

Come and play countdown with real people in London! Part of the Focal Calendar, CO:LON is back on the 16 May 2020 with your new hosts, George Armstrong. and Fiona T. Full details [C4Countdown link] ... [Read more] [More miscellany]

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Extend Tournament Deadlines

Website feature request by Rhys Benjamin. Status: Unconfirmed.

Title pretty much summarises this - in the case of downtime, or a game not being played, it should be possible for the tournament creator to change the deadline of a tournament, particularly Owl Licensees. ... [Read more] [More feature requests]

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How the Hell did you find Apterous?

Brainstorm by Phil Collinge. Status: Unconfirmed.

It's well documented that this site doesn't advertise or self-promote, is virtually anonymous on Google and appears to be unmentionable on the show. Which begs the question, how the hell are we all here? ... [Read more] [More miscellany]

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Announcement by Callum Todd. Status: Unconfirmed.

Hello. I had planned to trial this at Co:Apterous, with a view to a full launch thereafter, but given the current server downtime of the apto chat and game room, now seems a good time to put it out there. ... [Read more] [More miscellany]

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Variant idea by Matt Morrison. Status: Unconfirmed.

I think this might have been suggested before. In fact I'm almost sure of it. Please tell me off and link me up should that be the case. IDEA Throw a ton of shit at a problem and hope something sticks. ... [Read more] [More variant ideas]

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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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Clock music not working for games with faster round times.

Game feature request by Jack Worsley. Status: Unconfirmed.

Bug description: Not much more to be said, except that 8 seconds was the fastest time that produced clock music for me from the tests I did. 7 seconds did not, as presumably all shorter times would fail ... [Read more] [More feature requests]

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Option to turn off Halloween mode

Brainstorm by John Beresford. Status: Unconfirmed.

It's probably just a personal thing with me, but the red on black halloween mode gives me a mindblowing headache and i struggle to read anything on the site without feeling discomfort. If i'm fortunate ... [Read more] [More miscellany]

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Give P's a chance this Christmas

Game feature request by Linda McGrory. Status: Unconfirmed.

Give P's a chance this Christmas... I would like to suggest a Christmas Armistice 2019. I propose that for one day only over the festive period (for example, Boxing Day) people could play each other ... [Read more] [More feature requests]

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Bullet Goat Letters Attack

Game feature request by Gevin Chapwell. Status: Unconfirmed.

I think we need this format. People tend to play lightning goatblitz, but I think that's largely because it already exists as a format. Generally speaking I think lightning was superseded by bullet years ... [Read more] [More feature requests]

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Announcement by Callum Todd. Status: Unconfirmed.

Hello. I had planned to trial this at Co:Apterous, with a view to a full launch thereafter, but given the current server downtime of the apto chat and game room, now seems a good time to put it out there. ... [Read more] [More miscellany]

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Hyper Nice

Game feature request by Ronan M Higginson. Status: Unconfirmed.

Same as Hyper but with letters used in Nice. [Read more] [More feature requests]


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