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My Attempts at Re-Designing 1.13 Weapon Progression.[message #335768] Sun, 14 September 2014 08:39 Go to next message
Lev Arris
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Location: Oregon, USA
Hi,

I've created a new version (that is more like a whole redesign) of my weapons progression. This time it also includes a full overhaul of the IMP, MERC, AIM mercenary and in-game NPC starting gear. I am currently playing with it currently and I figured I'd share it along.

You can get the new version here:
dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/926631/LevProgressionV2p1.zip

Installation instructions:
Unzip into your base Jagged Alliance 2 1.13 folder, overwriting existing files.
This overwrites the files in the following folder (I suggest you back them up ahead of time):
<Base JA2 Folder>/Data-1.13/TableData/Inventory

Overall, it lowers the tech level used by the Arulcan army and focuses it on WW2 surplus weapons, older Warsaw-Pact weapons and hunting weapons re-purposed for military use (fitting the narrative of an embargoed rogue nation). It up-guns the mercs to match by giving them SMGs and old rifles in place of pistols on all but the cheapest of mercs (I did preserve the character of most mercs, however, so the crazies tend to still pack weird crazy things, just often more of them). It also adds more LBE gear and attachments to mercs to make things more interesting, and also provides them with significantly more ammo (since non-WP ammo will be hard to come by in this new Arulco, with the possible exception of 5.56mm...if you get lucky with supply dumps - Or play with them all enabled). The game plays quite differently in this fashion: If you wish to outgun the locals significantly and use the best guns in the world, you may well need to rely more heavily on imports. Nobody will drop 4.7mm or 5.7mm ammo in Arulco, except for rare special encounters, for example.

Enjoy!

***** Original Message Below *****

Hi!

New user here, and for my first post I decided not to show up empty handed. I've been playing JA2 since it was released, and 1.13 for quite a while now, and truth to be told, the weapon progression in 1.13 bothered me a bit.

It just didn't make much sense to me (way too many pistols, for example!), and to celebrate the new stable 1.13 I decided to change the weapons used by the enemy (militia re-balance is coming, too). First, I wanted to just change my own game, but then I decided to share the results in case someone is interested.

For the impatient ones, the download link is here:
<Link redacted due to (silly) forum rules - Contact me via a message to get the older ZIP file>

[color:#FF0000]October 3rd, 2014: Militia Tables Added![/color]

The excel spreadsheet is what I used in the balancing progress. The XML files include comments showing the weapon names (it is hard to remember IDs) as well as the percentage of each weapon's appearance out of all the weapons at the specified progress level. If you don't like spoilers, don't open it and just read the general overview below.

The installation instructions are:
Copy the .xml files from the ZIP archive into the Data-1.13\TableData\Inventory sub-folder in your 1.13 install, overwriting the old ones. For example, I would place them here on my system:
E:\Games\JA2_Stable7435\Data-1.13\TableData\Inventory

Now, for the how and why. The spoiler tags contain the detailed info about the weapons available at the various progress levels. If you want to be surprised, don't read them Smile

I set out to re-balance the weapons with the following rationale, keeping in mind that I prefer to play with "drop all" enabled and arm myself off what I loot.

Admin: Armed with out-dated weapons that the army itself skipped, the Admins aren't as standardized as the Army is. They have quite a selection of weapons shooting all sorts of ammunition. These weapons are revolvers, bolt-action rifles, old shotguns and ancient SMGs. Some old semi-automatic weapons are also issued. You won't find machineguns here, nor sniper rifles. This was balanced for completeness - It seems like Admins are a short-lived phenomenon in the game, which is a shame.

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Redshirt: The standing Arulcan Army is armed mostly with WP weapons. They have no exotic equipment, but none of them are armed with solely pistols. The SMG is the basic weapon of Deidranna's army, with various AKs and derived weapons (mostly in 7.62x39) forming most of their equipment, but some odd-ball choices are also thrown in, especially at lower progress. The weapons are mostly old, but of mostly modern concept (for example, the most common assault rifles are the AKM and some of its derivatives) but in general the equipment is in-line with what you'd expect of a country like Arulco.

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Elite: The elites operating alongside Deidranna's Army are mostly hired mercenaries, with some home-cooked "special forces" thrown in. Equipment commonality is rare, as nearly every single man here is armed according to his own preference. Elites are always armed with modern weapons, both WP and Western. At the lowest progress they are armed with Machinepistols and large-caliber pistols, but they quickly progress to pistol-caliber carbines and modern SMGs, accurate semi-automatic rifles, assault rifles and it gets worse for you from there.

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Whew, that was a long post. I hope you enjoy these! Feedback is welcome!

[Updated on: Thu, 22 September 2016 07:28]

Re: My Attempts at Re-Designing 1.13 Weapon Progression.[message #335769] Sun, 14 September 2014 10:47 Go to previous messageGo to next message
silversurfer

 
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Sounds interesting and very dangerous to our mercs, especially at the beginning where we have pistols and the army has SMGs. Do you plan to overhaul the starting equipment too to be in line with the enemy layout?

Re: My Attempts at Re-Designing 1.13 Weapon Progression.[message #335771] Sun, 14 September 2014 11:50 Go to previous messageGo to next message
Lev Arris
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Indeed, I do plan to. I am currently playing with this set on the latest stable to see how it works out. I have changed the starting equipment for IMPs to be based around the M1 Carbine - With multiple IMPs that is enough to make the early game playable (and you're going to have army weapons right after the first engagement for non-IMP members of the team). I will edit the AIM/MERC starting equipment as well to be in-line with the early game in this new form. There's also additional changes I would like to make, but I'd rather just release them when I am done and tweak later based on feedback rather than promise a lot and not deliver.
Re: My Attempts at Re-Designing 1.13 Weapon Progression.[message #335922] Fri, 19 September 2014 02:36 Go to previous messageGo to next message
pheloncab

 
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This sounds like a great idea, and a decent implementation, though I do wonder at balance. In my last couple games I found the WW2 rifles to be great weapons all the way into mid-game sometimes even later as they fire powerful rounds with decent accuracy and are 'rifle' based so a hunter or marksman gets that nice bonus. The ww2 stuff also tends to have a pretty long effective range which can be an issue early game that you might want to test a bit.

Re: My Attempts at Re-Designing 1.13 Weapon Progression.[message #335937] Fri, 19 September 2014 19:11 Go to previous messageGo to next message
Slax

 
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Always good to see some progression rebalancing. :thumbsup:

Re: My Attempts at Re-Designing 1.13 Weapon Progression.[message #335976] Sun, 21 September 2014 08:46 Go to previous messageGo to next message
Lev Arris
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Registered:September 2014
Location: Oregon, USA
pheloncab
This sounds like a great idea, and a decent implementation, though I do wonder at balance. In my last couple games I found the WW2 rifles to be great weapons all the way into mid-game sometimes even later as they fire powerful rounds with decent accuracy and are 'rifle' based so a hunter or marksman gets that nice bonus. The ww2 stuff also tends to have a pretty long effective range which can be an issue early game that you might want to test a bit.


The WW2 bolt-action weapons are very accurate in the game and shoot powerful rounds, that is true, but they are incredibly slow to shoot with. They make for good early "sniper" rifles, if you manage to get a scope (otherwise they are just too slow to be practical), but the fact they are this slow makes them really poor at any situation where you're faced with multiple enemies - If you want to be accurate with them then you have 1 shot per turn, which is not enough to keep you from getting overwhelmed by a numerically superior enemy.

Now, the M1 Garand is a great gun in 1.13, but it is pretty rare on my drop tables as well.

Since my progression tends to get assault rifles into the game earlier and bases the early game on SMGs and not pistols, the occasional Kar98k or a Mosin are sort of like getting a sniper rifle drop in the assault rifle phase of the game. Nice to have, but you're low on ammo and you won't be getting a lot of them.

Currently, I am at about 28 progress on my playthrough (on insane) with these tables. I have found a single Kar98k (and bought a single rusty old scope from Tony) from enemy drops (with drop all), but I am swimming in all sorts of (mostly old) SMGs and my Kar98k is sitting in a backpack because I shot off all ~20 rounds of ammo it came with. So far the progression seems to be working nicely.
Re: My Attempts at Re-Designing 1.13 Weapon Progression.[message #335977] Sun, 21 September 2014 08:51 Go to previous messageGo to next message
Lev Arris
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Registered:September 2014
Location: Oregon, USA
Slax
Always good to see some progression rebalancing. :thumbsup:


This is a taking a while. I am currently redoing the tables for the militia weapon progression. This is pretty tedious work and I am trying to playtest it as well (I already caught some bugs. I made a mistake on one of the XMLs and ended up with a Magpul drop at progress 13%, oops).

:compcuppa:

I'll try to get the Militia figured out this week and publish these files too.
Re: My Attempts at Re-Designing 1.13 Weapon Progression.[message #336440] Fri, 03 October 2014 20:57 Go to previous messageGo to next message
Lev Arris
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Okay, the militia files are done. You can get both the army and militia ones at the download link in the first post. There were a few army re-balances also thrown in, notably some earlier MG introduction.

Let me know if there are any issues.
Re: My Attempts at Re-Designing 1.13 Weapon Progression.[message #339196 is a reply to message #336440] Sun, 01 February 2015 03:26 Go to previous messageGo to next message
silversurfer

 
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I just started a campaign with 9 IMPs which gives me a little advantage. Slot 10 is for Ira. I like to take her around for sightseeing. ;)

I play with NCTH on WF6.07 maps. Omerta first sector was only admins so there was no problem since they only had pistols and I had a team of well mixed roles that provide some SMGs, shotguns and rifles from the new IMP item distribution mechanism.
I went on to Drassen B13 where the first real fight started. Only two admins were present. The rest were regulars plus four elites. Most of them had SMGs, some auto pistols and two rifles. I must say that the fight was dangerous because the enemy had better weapons than in the past with old weapon choices. I had to consider my steps very carefully and despite of taking good cover most of the time one of my IMPs was lightly wounded two times and Ira was badly wounded because she had no armor.

If I had started with just a few bad mercs from AIM this fight would have been much more difficult but this is to be expected. Your new lists suits an army much better than the previous pistol only army. After the first fight against regulars it should become easier because you salvage their weapons ... if you survive long enough. ;)

So I wonder if the new weapon progression could be used as default 1.13. I fear that players could complain that their team gets slaughtered too easily. They complain about NCTH already. Now they are outgunned as well...

I will continue the game with your files and see how progress is. I would also like to hear other peoples opinions about these files. So far feedback has been almost non-existent.



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Re: My Attempts at Re-Designing 1.13 Weapon Progression.[message #341053 is a reply to message #339196] Tue, 19 May 2015 19:03 Go to previous messageGo to next message
Anthropoid

 
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I'm tempted to try a game on Novice difficulty with this, given it makes the game harder at the start.
Re: My Attempts at Re-Designing 1.13 Weapon Progression.[message #346983 is a reply to message #341053] Tue, 20 September 2016 20:53 Go to previous messageGo to next message
Lev Arris
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I have created a new version and tried to update the message above with the link, but since I do not have 10 posts, I cannot post links.

In this case, I guess anyone who wants this alternative progression is going to have to request it from me directly.

Silly, I know.

-Lev.
Re: My Attempts at Re-Designing 1.13 Weapon Progression.[message #346986 is a reply to message #346983] Tue, 20 September 2016 22:31 Go to previous messageGo to next message
silversurfer

 
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You may not be able to post links but you can post the address nevertheless. Just use a modified format like this: server . com/restofthelink

I'd like to know what you changed in this new version. Do you have a change log or something?



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Re: My Attempts at Re-Designing 1.13 Weapon Progression.[message #346989 is a reply to message #346986] Wed, 21 September 2016 00:29 Go to previous messageGo to next message
Enneagon

 
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I don't know how exactly this forum treat links, but usually even just leaving the protocol out (the "http://" part) solves link auto-casting and thus restriction.
Re: My Attempts at Re-Designing 1.13 Weapon Progression.[message #346990 is a reply to message #346989] Wed, 21 September 2016 01:41 Go to previous messageGo to next message
Lev Arris
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Okay, removing the https part worked. Previously even pasting the address caused the forums to reject the message.

As for the change log. It isn't really a new version, more like a re-design, but the high points include:
1) Full IMP, MERC, AIM and NPC weapon kits. You have no idea how much of a headache that was to sort through, since everyone has multiple gear kits! <-- This did not exist in the previous one.
2) Full tables for the militia and army equipment tables. <-- This existed in the previous one, but the current one is widely different.

You can take a look into the tables if you want spoilers. If you do not want spoilers as to when each weapon becomes available, but want to know the general army equipment, then the following is an Intel Report for you to read. Note that while styled to be "in-character", this is still based on a game and (most likely) some personal bias, so it might not be 100% realistic (I would've loved a MG42 in the Mauser caliber to be available, for example, as well as more "old" caliber stuff. I did try to find a reasonable explanation for a specific weapon being in use, such as countries known to use them before and that would be willing to sell it to Arulco, such as South Africa and South-East Asian origins for used arms).

*** The Arulcan Militia (OOC: Yellowshirts) ***

The Arulcan Militia is a paramilitary organization in charge of patrolling the towns of Arulco, mostly up in the poorest northern settlements. Although subordinate to the army on paper, and sharing the same rank structure, in reality this rather corrupt organization is effectively autonomous. Not quite police and not quite soldiers, Militiamen brutally maintain public order, perform basic criminal investigations (which do not require an actual detective to be dispatched, nor require counter-intelligence operatives) and assist the army against external and internal threats. As it is widely suspected that a significant number of the Arulcan Militia are members of the secret police (or are informants), they are rarely trusted by either civilians or military personnel. The widespread corruption and nepotism in the Militia organization also means that their actual combat ability is poor. This lack of professionalism leads for additional friction with the far more professional army.

Arulcan Militiamen buy their weapons from the government and may pick any weapon they can afford from an approved personal weapon list. Maintenance and ammunition are a personal responsibility, and as a result most weapons are in poor condition. Consequentially, militiamen prefer simple and reliable weapons, for which cannibalized spare parts and ammunition are in plentiful and cheap supply.

The Marakov and Tokarev pistols are the mainstay handguns, while various sawed-off twin-barrel shotguns, longer-barrelled Remington 870 Shotguns and Winchester 94 Trapper Rifles, imported by the crateload as "hunting" weapons through third-party states, are also favorites due to their high reliability. The Czech SA-24 SMG is also common. WW2 surplus rifles, as well as some of their more modern derivatives, are also found despite being far more expensive to procure due to Army competition for the existing stock.

Ammunition in Militia Service: .44 Magnum, 9x18mm Makarov, 7.62x25mm Tokarev, 12 Gauge, .30Car, .30-06, 7.62x54mmR, 7.92x57mm Mauser.

*** The Arulcan Regular Army (OOC: Redshirts) ***

The Arulcan Regular Army is a surprisingly professional force, unaffected by the corruption and nepotism that plagues the Militia. Training is hard, violent, and the individual soldier is desensitized to gore, torture and brutality. Since members of the military are paid very well compared to the populace, as well as due to the brutal physical and psychological training, the soldiers view themselves as the elite of society and are protective of their status and privilege. As a consequence, members of the armed forces view civilians with disdain and treat poor farmers little better than cattle, with armed robbery, beatings, rape and even murder being common. Due to international weapon embargoes, the low technological threshold of surrounding military rivals, and the rapid expansion of the armed forces during Deidranna's reign, the army is armed with outdated (1950-1960s) surplus military equipment, mostly of Soviet origin (and established local manufacture of mainstay items). An additional result of former Soviet Army ties is that a large amount of WW2 surplus weaponry is also found on the inventory. This arsenal is maintained via machine shops that manufacture spare parts and new weapons in Grumm.

Indigenous production includes the AK(S)-47 assault rifle (chambered in 7.62x39mm, and although it is called an AK-47, it is not entirely identical to the original design, with partial adoption of AKM features), the SKS Carbine (in 7.62x39mm), the RPD LMG (also in 7.62x39mm) and, surprisingly, the M1 Carbine (in .30Car - 7.62x33mm) and the M1 Garand (in .30-06 Springfield, with high attention to accuracy during manufacture, as the current goal is an accurate semi-automatic, full-power rifle of local manufacture, should SVD imports fail). The two US WW2-era weapons have been manufactured in Arulco since the 1950s, together with a copy of the German MG42 (in 7.92x57mm Mauser), and before Deidranna's rule formed most of the arsenal of the Arulcan military up to its rapid expansion. Unlike the M1 Carbine and the M1 Garand, the MG42 is no longer produced or used by the Arulcan military due to the local production of the RPD. While it is established that MG42 specifications, plans and partial production equipment were provided to the Arulcan Monarchy towards the end of WW2 in exchange for a safe haven for escaping Nazi Party members, it is not clear how M1 Carbine and M1 Garand production was established in Arulco.

Imported weapons include Browning M1919 pattern MMGs of various manufacturers and variants (chambered in 7.62x51mm NATO and mostly used on armored vehicles and emplacements, although some are used by the infantry when modified with infantry stocks), RPK LMGs (in 7.62x39mm), PKM MMGs (in 7.62x54mmR) and the Dragunov semi-automatic rifle (in 7.62x54mmR). Mauser M-03 hunting rifles are used as modern sniper rifle replacements due to their civilian market availability (which makes it easy for the government to purchase batches through third-parties), affordable price, high levels of accuracy and existing local ammunition availability.

WW2 surplus Mosin-Nagant and Mauser Karabiner 98k bolt-action rifles are in use by second-line security units and peace time border patrols (as well as by some army snipers when equipped with various optics). The indigenous variant of the M1 Carbine is used by military police units and by border patrols, as well as by support personnel, radio operators, mortar and vehicle crewmen and some officers. The M1 Garands still produced in Arulco are mostly used as DMRs alongside the Dragunov rifles, and marksmen train with both weapons. Not all M1 Garands are equipped with optics, even in the DMR role.

Ammunition in Regular Army Service: .30Car, .30-06, 7.62x51mm NATO, 7.62x39mm, 7.62x54mmR, 7.92x57mm Mauser. All of the small-arms ammunition needs of the Arulcan Army are satisfied by indigenous production and recycling of spent cartridges.

*** The Arulcan Royal Guard (OOC: Blackshirts) ***

The original Royal Guard was the personal protection unit of Arulco's rulers. Under Deidranna's rule, it had been purged and then re-invented as an elitist combat training school for government supporters. Members of the Army (but not Militia) matching several criteria (such as length of service and including having no family history of sedition) can apply to join the Royal Guard. It is not an autonomous fighting force, but rather an advanced training school that supplies specialist troops to Arulcan Regular Army units (although Army units consisting entirely of Royal Guardsmen are not unheard of, especially among special forces detachments). Guardsmen are either assigned to their units permanently, or are attached on a per-mission basis, as needed.

Royal Guardsmen are identified by special badges on their dress uniforms when off-duty and by their better equipment when in the field. In addition to special training, they are further indoctrinated by the state (and are better paid) and so also serve as a counter-weight to the military leadership's sway over the Regular Army (lest it be inclined to rebel and place one of their own on the throne). Specialized training options include: Explosives, Anti-Tank Weapons, Mortar Operation, Breach and Entry, Advanced Weapon Training, Ordinance Removal, Guerilla Tactics, Camouflage, Reconnaissance, Tracking and Path-finding, Navigation, Linguistics, Interrogation, Marksmanship, Sniping and more.

The most common Guardsman role in the Arulcan military is that of a sniper. In this role, they are attached to units on a need basis, or operate independently as part of anti-smuggling operations on Arulco's borders. The weapons used by Guardsmen snipers are Mauser M-03 bolt-action rifles (in 7.92x57mm Mauser), Dragunov pattern rifles (SVD, SVDS and SVU, in 7.62x54mmR) and the sniper variant of the Galil (in 7.62x51mm NATO). Guardsmen machinegunners are armed with the RPD, RPK, PKM or Pecheneg machineguns, while troops armed for breaching and forced entry are equipped with the Saiga 12K semi-automatic shotguns or older SA-24 SMGs in 7.62×25mm Tokarev. Additional rifles in the inventory include the AKM, AKMS, AKMSU (especially among officers who are themselves Guardsmen), AK-103 and AK-104 (all in 7.62x39mm). Finally, the Galil AR (in 7.62x51mm NATO) is also used, most often by spotters for snipers equipped with the Galil Sniper variant, and grenadiers are equipped with the modern OC-14 Groza bull-pup (in 7.62x39mm). Most of these weapons are of Russian or South African manufacture, although some are also made by licensed manufacturers in Central America or the Far East.

As obvious from the above, all weapons issued to Guardsmen share ammunition with Regular Army ammunition stocks or weapons also used by the militia. 12 gauge shotgun shells and 7.62x25mm ammunition are also produced locally.

[Updated on: Wed, 21 September 2016 01:55]

Re: My Attempts at Re-Designing 1.13 Weapon Progression.[message #346997 is a reply to message #346990] Wed, 21 September 2016 14:16 Go to previous messageGo to next message
silversurfer

 
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Thanks for the update. This sounds like Deidranna's troops favor older reliable weapons and those originating from the Soviet Union. So I guess it will be harder to find modern western weapons in loot and we need to buy them from BR or Tony. Fine by me and it makes sense for this backwater country. A disadvantage may be that we will have to buy a lot of items just to try them.

Looking at the new lists I saw that they now have only a small number of items compared to the old lists. The important thing is that the new lists have items for all merc roles/traits (pistols, SMGs, shotguns, rifles, ARs, machine guns, sniper rifles) so each role can get a sufficient supply of weapons and ammo.

I'll certainly try out the new version because I already liked the old one.



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Re: My Attempts at Re-Designing 1.13 Weapon Progression.[message #347003 is a reply to message #346997] Wed, 21 September 2016 19:55 Go to previous messageGo to next message
Lev Arris
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From my own current playthrough, here is what I observed:
Pistols and SMGs are hard to come by in Arulco. Ammo (9mm, .45, 7.62x25, .40S&W, etc) can be bought off BR and Tony, but the weapons themselves are rarer. This has a side effect (which I sort-of intended for, but the end result is more extreme than I thought) of nerfing Night-Ops. Since a night-attack crawl with silenced weapons is a very, very powerful tool in JA2, I don't think it is quite a bad end result. It also means that providing side arms is more difficult, but aside of cosmetic considerations of having them, I rarely use sidearms once I have reliable semi-auto rifles. That said, I will throw in some older 9mm SMGs such as the Uzi to provide for 9mm weapons and ammo. They are already using South African weapons, or older weapons sold by South African surplus, so this will make sense.
Re: My Attempts at Re-Designing 1.13 Weapon Progression.[message #347016 is a reply to message #347003] Thu, 22 September 2016 07:29 Go to previous message
Lev Arris
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Changes:
1) Uzi now added to army drop tables.
2) Fixed Flo's third inventory, it had the wrong type of ammo.
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