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    encounter maps

    I notice that that there no gridded maps with the Alien ruleset. How do others handle combat encounters and the like? Is it all theatre of the mind or do other users use various map making tools?

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    The game is using zones instead of square/hex battle grid and distance categories, therefore no combat maps as we are used to in D&D-like games. It can support tactical maps though. The way I run encounters is to place the tokens in the zone on the map and basically run theater of mind supported by the map to help players better visualize dimensions and who is where. If tokens are engaged, I move them touching each other, the rest are spread in the zone.
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    thanks again I guess I am more used to combat maps in 5E, though I am used to running theater of the mind at the table

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    If you want to use maps to show rough location or help players picture the area then you have lots of options for how you source your maps: download maps from the Internet (doing various searches can find you lots), buy maps from various places (artist/cartographer websites, Patreon pages, DriveThruRPG, etc.) or make maps using a graphics app or one of the many RPG mapping tools. Then load them into FG to use as an image.
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