Per the apple store website, located here Cesar Barscevicius is the developer and copyright holder behind the Chwazi app. The app was written in 2013 and we found out about it in April of 2015 and have been using it ever since. Holistically, it’s designed for all decision making, but we specifically use it to decide who’s going first during game nights.
Written with Ruby on Rails, the app works on a randomizer algorithm when each person touches the screen and holds their fingers in place until the app decides which one it shall choose. When it finally decides everyone will hear a chime and if you are chosen, the color under your finger highlights and zeros in on your fingers location indicating that you are the chosen first player. The maximum number of fingers that Chwazi reads is device dependent. If using an iPad it reads up to 11 fingers, if using an android it reads up to 10, and if using an iPhone it reads up to 5. You can also modify the settings to choose teams rather than individual players if you want to divide in pairs. This app has been a lot of fun especially when we’ve introduced it to a lot of the players at our game night events. People’s expressions are always funny to see them go from that uncertain, cringing look, to wide eyed and jaw-dropping look of shock, typically followed by, “THAT IS AMAZING!” It makes the app all the more enjoyable to people that have never witnessed it, as well as knowing that you introduced it to them and that they will be downloading it onto their phones as well. Chwazi makes for a completely practical and sometimes funny experience for your tabletop gaming groups. We have it on all of our mobile devices, Androids, iPhones, and iPad. If you’ve never used this app, but have a gaming group that you’re apart of that you think could benefit from this, you should consider downloading this one!
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