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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1Chas Maxwell95%

These are the finest bones dug up lately,
in Mr Dog's opinion (patent pending).


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Game feature request by Jen Steadman. Status: Unconfirmed.

English is boring, let's mix it up with some emojis! Make Apterous great again by adding colour to Aptochat. Only implement it in chat, bios and tickets though; not in games, because that would be silly... ... [Read more] [More feature requests]

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Unplayed tournament games to be removed when the tournament ends

Game feature request by Alex H. Status: Unconfirmed.

I still get a number of tournament games which were unplayed showing up in my 'current games' even though the tournament has ended so it's pretty pointless having them. Currently getting some from the ... [Read more] [More feature requests]

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Charlie Reams to come to CO:LON on Saturday 6th May

Game feature request by Graeme Cole. Status: Unconfirmed.

Steps to reproduce: Look at the entrant list for CO:LON, and observe that the record-breaking 65 names on it so far do not include apterous's creator Charlie Reams. This behaviour can also be reproduced ... [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 Countdown Tournaments 2017

Announcement by Jen Steadman. Status: Unconfirmed.

Just in case you've somehow missed the existence of these, or you'd forgotten about them... FOCAL's Countdown tournaments are hosted in various locations across the UK and Ireland, and are open to anyone! ... [Read more] [More miscellany]

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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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Prune to always be player 2 in numbers attacks

Game feature request by Gevin Chapwell. Status: Unconfirmed.

Having Prune as player 2 in numbers attacks would mean that people could easily have a game of all the same selection choice, such as all 4-large or 6-small, since he copies your selections. It's annoying ... [Read more] [More feature requests]

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Option to filter numbers attacks for round selection type

Website feature request by Gevin Chapwell. Status: Unconfirmed.

If I'm looking at the numbers attack page [apterous link] I'm often interested in games that were solely 6 small, 4 large etc. I think it would be good to be able ... [Read more] [More feature requests]

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Wording improvements to a non-My tournament page

Website feature request by Matt Morrison. Status: Unconfirmed.

When viewing someone else's tournaments page (is this even a thing anybody does?) e.g. [apterous link] * "Tourneys you've applied for" => "Tourneys Jon has applied for" * "Apply ... [Read more] [More feature requests]

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Apterous Masters X

Miscellaneous topic by Ben Wilson. Status: Unconfirmed.

Hello everyone! It's March, which means this is the time of year that I usually do the annual Apterous Masters tournament... If I had the time or the energy. Which I sadly have neither of right now. :-( ... [Read more] [More miscellany]

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Announcement that a game is a tournament game to be at both beginning and end of game

Game feature request by Gevin Chapwell. Status: Unconfirmed.

When someone starts playing a tournament games on Apterous, it makes an announcement that it is a tournament game. But when it ends, it does so in the normal way, just announcing the score like a normal ... [Read more] [More feature requests]

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Burning number consistency in Lockdown numbers

Game feature request by Gevin Chapwell. Status: Unconfirmed.

In Lockdown, the compulsory number doesn't have to be a proper part of your solution - you can "burn" it instead. E.g. 100, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5 Target - 900 If 5 is the compulsory number, you can just do 6+5 ... [Read more] [More feature requests]

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Aptobridge tournament on Friday 31st March

Announcement by Ben Andrews. Status: Unconfirmed.

Hi! I'm announcing that next Friday evening I'll be hosting an Aptobridge tournament. Check-in will be from 7:30pm and the tournament will start at 8, probably lasting until around 9:30. There will be ... [Read more] [More miscellany]

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Formula 1 Large - The 2017 Aptonumbers Grand Prix Season

Announcement by Martin Hurst. Status: Unconfirmed.

A new numbers attack tournament (subject to approval) to take place in line with the 2017 Formula One Grand Prix Season. Each actual race will take place over a Formula 1 race weekend, with qualifying ... [Read more] [More miscellany]

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Variant idea: Jaildown

Variant idea by Charlie Reams. Status: Accepted. Priority: 2.

Request description: Time-based Prisoner's Dilemma scoring. If both players declare the same word, only the fastest one gets the points. This would involve either ending round early when you're happy ... [Read more] [More variant ideas]

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Tennis League Alternative to SuperBru

Announcement by Adam Finlay. Status: Unconfirmed.

Hi everyone, Me and a few others are currently doing a league in Superbru for the Aussie open. However, I have just come across a fantasy tennis league that occurs throughout the whole year (ATP, WTA, ... [Read more] [More miscellany]

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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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F1 Tournament Series - Season 2

Brainstorm by Andy SC. Status: Unconfirmed.

I have made plans for a season two of my F1 Tournament Series. I am aware that Martin Hurst is going to be hosting his own F1 tournament series but what would people think of both tourney's on the go ... [Read more] [More miscellany]

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Star Loads

Miscellaneous topic by Darran Prior. Status: Unconfirmed.

Hi Charlie, I completed the The Anaesthetist's Avenue path but so far the little trinket hasn't appeared in display case, Has the trinkets for star completion ended now? Darran [Read more] [More miscellany]

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An undo button for the numbers

Game feature request by Peter J Clarke. Status: Unconfirmed.

I made a ticket on this before, but can't find the old one so I'll make this instead. I just lost a game that I shouldn't have lost all because I made a mistype. I strongly believe there should be a ... [Read more] [More feature requests]


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