I have to admit I am pleased that Wizards of the Coast has kept it's word to break the silence on the Digital initiative. The most recent article featured a Q&A which brought some interesting changes to the initiative to light.
One of the big changes is how they will be handling virtual miniatures for the D&D Game Table product. It appears they have scrapped the idea of purchasing miniatures with micro-payments and on limiting how many clones you could make of a virtual miniature. Now, your subscription to the Game Table will give you unlimited copies of all of the miniatures they have produced.
This is great news. The micro-payment model was one of the most ridiculed aspects of the Game Table product among my group. Limiting miniature cloning was a big issue caused by this model as well. After all, if you bought an orc miniature and it came with the ability to be cloned ten times, did you really want to spend extra money if you had a room with twenty orcs in it?
It does sound like their may be "special edition" miniatures, but that they will be bundled with digital modules. This makes sense to me. If you can buy online versions of the modules that come with pre-built encounter areas and special miniatures for the module? That seems like less of an overt money grab than charging me for an extra twenty orcs.
Of course, this may all change between now and when the Game Table launches. It seems like this will be one of the last of the major Digital Initiative products to launch, and a lot can change between now and then.