Noticed on the radio tower map either a change made or just a glitch in my first run through.
I used the hard-ass approach with the guys and their dogs around the radio tower. After making the threat and them backing off, I shot at the first dude and it said Encounter started, but immediately said encounter over. I didn't kill him, so I shot at him again, the encounter started, he died, I killed one of the dogs, and then encounter over again. So, I shot at and killed the other dog, the encounter started, and this time I was able to finish killing the rest of them before the encounter ended.
Usually, when you shoot at one of them after the hard-ass approach, the encounter keeps going until they are all dead. I'll try to run the map again tonight to see if it was a one-time glitch.
Also, it appears the lock was removed from the chest in the other bandit area on that map. I did not have to use pick-lock skill.
Seems like they added that you need to help people around in Highpool to turn the voter tide to the lady (can't rmb her name) who sides with the Rangers.
That was in the previous update as well...the one before the inventory system update. Or do you mean more than turning on all the valves and giving the kids the smokes?