On Roll20, I can build my maps ahead of time, then place tokens and assign them to my players. The players can’t see these maps and don’t know they exist until I go to the map and click the option to move everyone else there, at which point they all load into the map, with their tokens in the predesignated spots.
This makes setting up maps incredibly easy, I can position the players ahead of time without them being able to go to the maps and seeing spoilers. But unless I’m missing something, there doesn’t seem to be any way to do this on astral? The only way I can even find to change the active map is to use the “move party here” feature, which just plops the players down randomly somewhere near your mouse.
The only thing I can find in reference to this is an old thread where someone seems to be asking the same question: Allow characters to have a token PER MAP
Unfortunately, not being able to do this is going to be a deal breaker, and while I don’t want to return to Roll20, if I can’t set up maps ahead of time then I can’t use this site.