For big complex encounters with combat, do you use a map with minis or tokens or a sketch? Do you just describe it all? One of the first scenes in my upcoming game will have 9 npcs and 4-6 players, horses, obstacles, etc. Is there anyway to do this without a map and minis really? Would it merely be an exercise in futility? I sort of feel like using minis and maps takes away some of the imagination aspect of things, but does make it easier to know where people are etc.
Any advice appreciated!