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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Gift a subscription

Miscellaneous topic by Anthony S. Status: Unconfirmed.

Hi- just wondered if it is possible to gift a subscription to Apterous to another player? Couldn't see any obvious way to do this via the subscribe page. Thanks [Read more] [More miscellany]

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New item: a Ford Anglia

Game feature request by Piaras Last-Name. Status: Unconfirmed.

I noticed in the discussion of this ticket ---> (https://www.apterous.org/ticket_view.php?ticket=5636) that there is a lack of even one numbers-related item. So I thought I might try and rectify that by ... [Read more] [More feature requests]

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Spectators to Actually See Cards and Target Generator During Game

Game feature request by Philip Aston. Status: Unconfirmed.

I think the spectator room when watching online games on Apterous could be made more user-friendly if spectators could actually see the letters/numbers cards, target generator, timer and scoreline exactly ... [Read more] [More feature requests]

39Up votes 0Down votes 4Replies

New Item - An Adder

Game feature request by Adam Finlay. Status: Unconfirmed.

Feel free to come up with a better item for this, but thought it was worth implementing the following: An item for when the answer to the numbers game is solved by adding up all the numbers. Exhibit ... [Read more] [More feature requests]

31Up votes 5Down votes 1Replies

Better Graphics when spectating

Game feature request by Jack Hurst. Status: Unconfirmed.

I dont see why the spectating interface can't look very similar to the playing interface. At the moment there is room for improvement. [Read more] [More feature requests]

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Where have all the numbers duels gone?

Brainstorm by Rhys Benjamin. Status: Unconfirmed.

I'm not sure how duel options are generated, but there has been a noticeable lack of numbers options this month. Discounting mystery box options, Letters only: 25 Mostly letters: 15 Numbers only: 3 Mostly ... [Read more] [More miscellany]

25Up votes 2Down votes 12Replies

Goatdown Duels - pick own last letter

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

I'm sure it's been discussed before but couldn't find a ticket specifically... Part of the skill of Goatdown is picking a last letter that gives you a longer word. In Duels the Goatiness of Goatdown is ... [Read more] [More feature requests]

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In-game variant instructions to be more self-contained

Game feature request by Gevin Chapwell. Status: Unconfirmed.

When I do the Daily Duel, I sometimes go to the rules section after I've accepted the game just to remind me what I'm supposed to do. But with some of them it doesn't actually tell you. For example, with ... [Read more] [More feature requests]

13Up votes 0Down votes 0Replies

Hover prompts on words

Game feature request by Joe F. Status: Unconfirmed.

Don't know how difficult it would be to add, but it'd be nice to have a hover prompt over words that includes the same links that are found on the Lexplorer page, ie Lexico, Wikipedia etc., just to give ... [Read more] [More feature requests]

17Up votes 1Down votes 23Replies

15-to-1 Quiz - Friday 16th April @ 8 pm - Looking For Contestants!

Announcement by Philip Aston. Status: Unconfirmed.

Fancy a quiz? Up for a general knowledge assault course of tactics and survival? Apto 15-to-1 is BACK! I will be asking questions on a wide range of subjects from history and politics to science and pop ... [Read more] [More miscellany]

25Up votes 3Down votes 7Replies

DC to show non-maxes that beat you?

Game feature request by Andrew Hulme. Status: Unconfirmed.

No idea how this would work or whether its a stupid idea... but pretty frequently atm I declare say a 6 suspecting I'm missing a load of 7s, if there's a random 8 in there I don't get to see my ineptitude ... [Read more] [More feature requests]

22Up votes 5Down votes 9Replies

Speed, Bullet, Berserk and Nasty 15-rounders to Be New LLNLLNLLNLLLLNC Format By Default

Game feature request by Philip Aston. Status: Unconfirmed.

It has come to my attention that Speed, Bullet, Berserk and Nasty 15-rounders are still played to the old 15-round format p, so one picks 6 letters rounds and the opponent 5, and one picks 2 numbers rounds ... [Read more] [More feature requests]

16Up votes 1Down votes 2Replies

Tourney search

Website feature request by Rhys Benjamin. Status: Unconfirmed.

Trying to search for tourneys you didn't play in is excruciatingly difficult if you didn't play in them and they're not series-linked or have an accompanying ticket. Could it please be possible to search ... [Read more] [More feature requests]

25Up votes 3Down votes 1Replies

New character idea: Roy Keane

Game feature request by Martyn Simpson. Status: Unconfirmed.

This ticket was created by the Character Spindlomatic, which you should use to create your own characters! https://www.apterous.org/spindlomatic.php --------------------------------------- I suggest the ... [Read more] [More feature requests]

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New Variant Idea- Blissdown

Variant idea by James Laverty. Status: Unconfirmed.

As in "Ignorance is Bliss". Not expecting this to be overly popular, but why not. Basically, same rules as normal, but you do not know what your opponent has scored throughout the game. Essentially you ... [Read more] [More variant ideas]

18Up votes 2Down votes 2Replies

Undeclared 9s

Game feature request by Cyril Topher. Status: Unconfirmed.

If possible, valid 9 letter words that were noted but undeclared; similar to the BIG WORDS, and DISALLOWED feature on a users profile page. [Read more] [More feature requests]

39Up votes 1Down votes 28Replies

Numbers Ascension.

Game feature request by Andy SC. Status: Unconfirmed.

Was discussing the idea of possibly having a Numbers Ascension in the main chat with Johnny Canuck and we came up with a few ideas. Idea 1 - Players start of by facing numbers rounds based on difficulty, ... [Read more] [More feature requests]

22Up votes 3Down votes 2Replies

Text colour of games won or L and W indicators

Website feature request by John Carpenter. Status: Unconfirmed.

Dear Charlie, or anyone applicable to this, I am delighted that we have the L and W symbols next to each game played under our description. The last 15 games are listed under our description which is ... [Read more] [More feature requests]

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New bot: Apterous Mercurial

Game feature request by Johnny Canuck. Status: Unconfirmed.

Currently, when you play a match against a bot, you always know the bot's difficulty level (as well as numbers preferences and other characteristics) ahead of time. Obviously, when you begin a match on ... [Read more] [More feature requests]


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  • News: The Duel for March 2021 was won by Chris Hare!
  • News: Donald Trump has been unbanned from apterous. Everyone deserves a second chance. (He's still banned from the wiki though.)

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