However, I am disappointed that they are not starting off with the tablet platform. That for me would have been a better fit for what they are trying to achieve. A casual gaming experience is better done in comfort using a tablet rather than a clunking PC. I know it is in plan, I hope that they specify when it will be out as I would rather have an iPad version that PC version.
Not sure why you think sitting at a "clunking PC" is not for casual gaming. I've done far more gaming on the PC than any other platform (consoles included). Frankly, they have a larger market by going to PCs over iPads. The overall market hasn't changed much in terms of sales. More people have or own laptops and desktops vs those that own any kind of ipad.
First of all, a disclaimer. I have iMac, thinkpad (work), iPad, PS1,PS2,PS3,N64,GameCube,Wii - of these, the older consoles are stored away, the later ones are out but rarely used, the PS3 gets most action as a BluRay player. The iMac is the home computer has some games on it that I rarely play and even has a XP VM with old games in it (that I rarely play) , had thinkpads for work since about 95 but in years gone by I had games installed that I used to play (now transferred to the VM to gather dust there) The iPad gets the most action by far.
I write software for a living but corporate stuff, nothing as interesting as games.
The key word I used was 'casual'. In my opinion (not fact) a 'casual' game is better on the tablet form rather than PC. I am willing to have a different discussion at some point about the impending demise of the PC for general home use but also partly a consideration, not that relevant to this forum and was not particularly what I meant.
If you use a PC for gaming, you would probably be sat at a desk, with a mouse and keyboard. There are games that are suited to this and there are some that are not. I would argue that the types of games that are suited are not casual, they involve a large investment in time. Sitting with a laptop is, in my experience, an incredibly uncomfortable experience and not one I would do for fun. I have in the past, but only because that was the only available choice at the time to me.
I only have the small video clips and summary about what will be on offer. Talisman is a pretty simple game with quirky rules (which is why I like it) Prologue is simplified still further being a single-person only affair to start . So, no need for peripherals, no gazing at a screen for long periods looking at a vast gamut of information. It looks to be a pick-up-and-play time game. Perfectly attainable and suitable for a tablet device (I specifically mentioned tablet initially but ended with iPad as that is my preference as I have one but others are available - it is the form factor I was referring to)
In the video of the show, they actually use a touch-screen which shows how suitable it would be to that interface but don't get me started on the ergonomics on using a vertically placed tough screen for any amount of time.
Also, it would seem that they are trying to bring in new blood, which is a wise move. Old-hands will probably buy it whatever the platform, as long they have that platform. Where are the next generation buying and playing their games ? On a PC or on mobile devices ? I don't know the figures but if I was going to move into game development I know where I would be concentrating my efforts.
I see now that Carl from Nomad has joined the merry band (Welcome Carl) so perhaps he could answer on more detail why the decision was taken to release on PC first. I am intrigued also why the separation. From what I can tell it is being developed on a platform that allows you to produce code for both PC and tablets from the same source. Sounds clever but I imagine there might be some tweaking required and for the iPad that would mean Objective-C which is, well, not the friendliest so perhaps that, perhaps the process required to get into the stores.
Anyway, hope this does not sound like a rant because it isn't. Just trying to explain myself. It looks like a bit of a ramble now but I don't have time to re-write it. Oh well. Looking forward to the Prologue anyway.