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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What’s happened to the Countdown Wiki?

Brainstorm by Philip Aston. Status: Unconfirmed.

The Countdown Wiki has not been working at all since Monday the 23rd of March 2020. [apterous wiki link] It's a shame. I loved that site, had so many pages, records, games, words, contestant ... [Read more] [More miscellany]

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Dismiss all option for tournament series

Game feature request by Adam Gillard. Status: Unconfirmed.

The 'Current events' section at the top of the apterous homepage [apterous link] includes a list of 'Tournaments you can enter'. Any tournament listed there can be dismissed by right-clicking ... [Read more] [More feature requests]

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Retain aptomail message in progress when adding recipients

Website feature request by Matt Morrison. Status: Unconfirmed.

Bug description: If you add a recipient to an aptomail thread before submitting it, you lose the message when the page reloads. Steps to reproduce: Write message. Add recipient before sending. [Read more] [More feature requests]

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Open source* Apterous?

Brainstorm by Matty Artell. Status: Unconfirmed.

As far as I'm concerned, Apterous is the coolest website on the Internet. Not only is the core game itself highly functional and super fun, created to a professional standard, one could easily spend hours ... [Read more] [More miscellany]

14Up votes 0Down votes 3Replies

CO:Apto (in lieu of CO:York) - Saturday 18th April

Announcement by George Armstrong. Status: Unconfirmed.

Hi all, Just a little announcement - I will be hosting a live tournament on here on Saturday 18th April. This is in place of my CO:York tournament which would've been on the same day. I'll look to kick ... [Read more] [More miscellany]

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Variant idea: Tickdown

Variant idea by Jon O'Neill. Status: Accepted. Priority: 1.

Request description: You have a limited amount of total time for all rounds. Default could be 4 minutes perhaps (for a 20 round LA that's 12 seconds average per round), with any length settable. You ... [Read more] [More variant ideas]

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March 2020 dictionary update (very large)

Announcement by Charlie Reams. Status: Unconfirmed.

From tomorrow, 1029 new words will be added [link] and 2309 (!) removed [link] ... [Read more] [More miscellany]

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New character idea: Tracey Mills

Game feature request by Jen Steadman. Status: Accepted.

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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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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Focal Talk podcast - Episode 4 out now! featuring George Armstrong, Tom Carey, Emily, and Dan McColm

Announcement by Callum Todd. Status: Unconfirmed.

Episode 4 of the Focal Talk podcast, presented by myself and Paul Anderson, is out now! You can listen to it here: [link] We have moved to YouTube for this podcast, as we haven't ... [Read more] [More miscellany]

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Apterous Tenable Quiz - Starting at 1pm GMT on 28 March 2020

Announcement by Richard Huang. Status: Unconfirmed.

There has't been an Apterous Tenable Quiz just yet. I would like to run a Tenable-style Apterous Quiz in Aptochat this Saturday (28 March), starting at 1pm GMT (9pm GMT+8). I will host TWO games back-to-back: ... [Read more] [More miscellany]

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Future Tournament Discussion

Brainstorm by Andy Platt. Status: On-going.

Wouldn't it be nice to have a communal ticket to discuss ideas and suggestions for future tournaments? Perhaps something that sounds like it could be awesome, but maybe not everyone's cup of tea. Or ... [Read more] [More miscellany]

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Apterous Last Man Standing Quiz tonight

Announcement by Christy Cooper. Status: Unconfirmed.

Sorry for announcing this at relatively short notice (I mentioned it in chat last night, but not too many people were online), but I am hosting a Last Man Standing themed quiz tonight. The format- each ... [Read more] [More miscellany]

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Focal Talk podcast - Episode 3 (featuring Innis Carson) out now!

Announcement by Callum Todd. Status: Unconfirmed.

The full, uncut version of Episode 3 of the Focal Talk podcast (hosted by Paul Anderson and myself) is out now and available to listen to here: [link] An abridged version ... [Read more] [More miscellany]

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Game of the Year (GotY) 2019

Announcement by Elliott Mellor. Status: Unconfirmed.

Hi there, Nominations are now open for Game of the Year (GotY) 2019 and will close on Saturday 22 February 2020 at 11.59pm. The full details and rules are on the forum thread [C4Countdown link] ... [Read more] [More miscellany]

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Morale boost

Miscellaneous topic by Matthew S Rutherford. Status: Unconfirmed.

Things are a bit shit at the moment-you probably know that. So, in a similar line to Joe's thread-[apterous link], there needs to be something to keep us all happy. ... [Read more] [More miscellany]

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Funniest game on Apterous

Miscellaneous topic by Joseph H. Status: Unconfirmed.

A more light-hearted ticket here, I'm experiencing some family troubles at present and so play on this site as a way to get away from this. To lift my mood, I was finding some funny declarations in certain ... [Read more] [More miscellany]

8Up votes 0Down votes 5Replies

CO:York - Countdown In York 2020

Announcement by George Armstrong. Status: Unconfirmed.

We're back for 2020 - bigger and better than before. But what can you expect from CO:York 2020: Our Venue: Our new venue is Clements Hall, Nunthorpe Road, York, YO23 1BW. The venue is just a 10 minute ... [Read more] [More miscellany]

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Delete Old Tourney Games

Game feature request by Jacob Coventry-Peters. Status: Unconfirmed.

I'm not sure if this has been raised before, but I've got a few old tourney games which I just never got around to playing. It would be great if once the tourney is over, these could simply become null ... [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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