I was speaking to a guy at work and it turns out that we both had some hobbies in common. The big one was RPGs. However, while my group sticks to table top pen and paper fantasy and sci-fi games, his group seems to prefer more table top miniatures war gaming with some RP mixed in. It was an interesting conversation and it got me thinking about just how vast and wide this hobby is. Then I thought about it a bit smaller scale. Even in "normal" (I use the word very loosely) rpgs there are games that use grids, maps, and miniatures to represent things.
Outside of those games, sometimes people use maps and miniatures anyhow just to make sense of combat at times. Others use computer projections and art. Some draw crude maps and rely on verbal descriptions.
My question for you today is what do you use for visual aides, if any, when running your games? Personally I keep my games primarily in my players' heads as much as possible but I have been known - especially for the Shadowrun game where it matters - to draw a map of a building or two to see what is going on with something or for them to plan their attack.
How about you? What does your group use? Does it work? Have you tried anything different? Sound off in the comments and let us know.