When I first started playing D&D, my DM did not use battlemaps or miniatures to describe combat. Everything was described to us, and questions to the DM were part and parcel of the experience, such as:
- "Do I have Line of Sight? Can I take a Move action and get Line of Sight this turn if I [jump into the trees/move to the left/run forward]?"
- "Who is [enemy] facing? That means I can Sneak Attack!"
- "What would provide cover? Trees, rocks, tables?
I've used this style of combat for all the games I've run myself since, but I've been thinking about using a battlemap, since the players of my current game are prone to thinking about complex battlefield strategy.
What are the pros/cons of using miniatures, as opposed to a narrative-style combat system?