Jagged Alliance 2 some historic notes

gaming by pexels

general

JA2 is you have yet heard is Jagged Alliance. Its a game done in the 90s which lead the genre of realtime tactical play. JA2 (https://ja2-stracciatella.github.io/) is a multiplatform recode of the original game which is 1.12 aka vanilla. There is a 1.13 however it is very much different. You can now install it on mac. You only need the original game which you can purchase online via GOG (https://www.gog.com/).

There are lots of guides online now so in this post we will be just focusing on game play notes.

basic notes

only 18 mercs max can be hired at any one time

items greyed out in map inventory screen either means the following

  • items are blocked from taking such as room is locked etc
  • items which affect game outcome (owned items) such as taking med kits from cambria hospital which causes vince not to join your team.

spoilers

  • cambria hospital (do not open the crates at the top left storage room) – this will cause vince to refuse joining you
  • cambria has a workshop (do not take anything from it too)
  • grumm arnie workshop (do not take anything from his workshop) – this will prevent arnie to join you
  • san mona – taking anything from kingpins residence, or money from his mine, or attacking his guards will trigger hostility towards you

short cut keys

map view

esc – show tactical view
o – options for save/load
l – use laptop
-/+ – compress time

w – show towns
m – show mines and their income
t – show teams
z – show militias
a – show airports. green are clear airspace and red are no fly zones covered by sam sites
i – show items

c – show selected merc contract
enter – switch between merc inventory and list view

tactical view

f1/f6 – select one of the mercs in current team
m – show map view
r – run
p – prone / lay down
c – crouch
z – stealth mode
alt+z – everyone on stealth mode

planting and disarming landmines

hold landmine in right hand and on tactical map, right click at the place your merc needs to plant the mine. to disarm, hold ctrl so that your cursor changes to hand, and click on the position of the landmine.

stat grinding

recommended stats

max level – wisdom(max/85),
mid level – health(mid/50), agility(mid/50), leadership(mid/50), mechanical(mid/50)
min level – medical(min/35), marksmanship(min/35), dexterity(min/35), strength(min/35), explosives(min/35)

recommended skills – nightops + stealthy / ambidex / lockpick

health

to exercise health, travel (on foot) carrying heavy equipment (weight over 100%) this can be also done in real-time. put a great load on your merc and have him/her run around. when s/he falls, wait until his/her energy or breath regenerates and keep moving

agility

fastest way to train this is by sneaking at night, in and out of an enemy field of view (either an enemy merc or tank) without getting spotted. the biggest agility increase is crawling within view of enemy without getting spotted, or behind yielding less); camo and stealthy skill can help; exercise rate: 1/10th-1/5th of agility point per successful repetition

agility is raised by getting interrupts, crawling with stealth on during combat and dodging bloodcats blows.

dexterity

to raise dex really quick, find some throwing knives and crows (after some time they appear on rotting bodies) and use crows as targets. blades are not consumed and new birds always appear, so pick the knives up and repeat until satisfied with the result. dex goes up also by punching enemies, animals or vehicles and repairing stuff

strength

you can get the the most punching exercise by either sneaking up behind a lone guard or stunning him/her with a grenade or hitting him with a crowbar; once they are down it is best to punch them one blow per turn (increasing the odds); tear gas helps to prevent them from getting up; and beating an enemy to death over the course of many turns is quite stealthy; exercise rate: ~1/3rd of a str point per victim; works surprisingly similarly for bloodcats and crepitus, although there is no falling over animation

strength points (together with dex) can be trained by sneaking up to crows/cows and punching them

strength can be raised by punching, opening crates and carrying heavy stuff (same way as health)

leadership

training militia increases this stat notably, especially when you put a skilled trainer with a less experienced one in the same sector

wisdom

this stat is the one most difficult to raise. during normal gameplay it hardly ever changes. still, wisdom can be trained by attaching a detonator to explosives, setting on the floor and then disarming. of course, there is a great chance you will detonate yourself in the process. therefore this task should not be attempted by mercs with low exp, and even with high exp it is best to save frequently

marksmanship

shooting repetitively with easy-to-hit body shots, with cheap ammo; seems to work best at around 50% chance-to-hit. the more unimpressive a shot the better for exercising MRK

the fastest way to raise this crucial stat is to throw knives at crows, gradually increasing the distance. i strongly suggest this for all marksmen. you also gain dex in this way

mechanical

mec is increased by repairing stuff, picking locks, and merging items

explosives

to raise explosives like fire lay and disarm a mine over and over again. if the merc’s exp is too low to disarm it, use your explosives specialist and continue as before.

medical

quite plainly, medical skill is raised by performing first aid and by doctoring injured mercs.

experience level

this collective stat goes up as the merc develops his/her abilities. the number of kills, as well as completed quests (see: section 6) influence the experience level. lvl rises also when the merc gains in his stats. note that when experience level raises, the cost of the merc increases as well

mini hints

finding skyrider

talk to a random C13 civilian. if they mention swamp house then they will mention the direction SW(D12) SE(E14) E(C16) NE(B15)

finding ice cream truck

it is possible to find hamous who owns the icecream truck in the following locations
C9 D3 D7 D9 E12 F12 G6
when you enter the sector using travels in the map, it will alert you to the presence of the ice-cream truck

efc fights in san mona

every 2nd day, you can fight in sector D5. winning the 3 fights will net you max 5k each. sometimes the fights do not happen. if so, you should try (1) leave the sector then reenter the sector (2) talk direct to the organiser.

finding carmen

carmen randomly appears in various bars. you can either get hints from frank (cambria – bar) or jane (nurse – hospital). also note that carmen will appear only after approximately 9am.

setting merc drop off point

you can select the bullseye in mapview (helicopter) to a new location so your mercs will be dropped off there when they arrive.

bounties

kris : chris, (bad canadian accent)
druggist : bartender in grumm
tiffany : joe, factory in grumm
mom : annie,
terry – cambria university sector (in a wheelchair)

Other notes

some good sites for walkthrus

  • https://gamefaqs.gamespot.com/pc/565057-jagged-alliance/faqs/2092
  • https://gamefaqs.gamespot.com/pc/197667-jagged-alliance-2/faqs/2542
  • https://gamefaqs.gamespot.com/pc/197667-jagged-alliance-2/faqs/2543
  • https://fadden.com/gaming/ja2/stats.html
  • https://fadden.com/gaming/ja2/weapons.html
  • http://thepit.ja-galaxy-forum.com/index.php?&t=msg&th=17923
  • http://freelancer.ag.ru/ja2/inventory/pistols_eng.shtml?url=&download=Pistols
  • https://www.dlh.net/de/cheats/2594/jagged-alliance-2.html

some recommended teams (relations)

  • custom-merc / barry (mech) / shadow (camo) / meltdown (ambi)
  • ira (teach) / gasket (mech) / shank (mule) / razor (mule)
  • grunty (nops) / maddog (mech) / vince (ambi) / carlos
  • miguel (nops) / dynamo (mech) / dimitri / robot
  • bull (h2h)
  • other good mercs – dr q (nops), stephen(teach nops), vicky (ambi), trevor (lock), danny (ambi), fox, wolf, spider, md, terry(temp)

general tips

  • drassen (easy)  chizen (medium)  alma (easy)  cambria (medium) 
  • E9 / D6 / H7 has cows which can be used to train
  • L10 has jeep you can purchase for 10000
  • the location of carmen can be found by talking to Frank (san mona) / nurse (cambria)
  • training difficulty – mech (hard) > wis (hard) > agi (hard) > str (medium) / dex (medium) > ldr (easy) / mark (easy) / exp (easy)

some merc tips

  • dr q gets quite expensive after some time
  • using bull as a station in san mona to do the fights is fast to build up cash
  • fox and wolf (maybe spider) make a great general team. low cost and covers all basic necessities
  • robot needs vidcam and rifle (m16a or c7 or g11)


Recent Posts
Apprentice, Journeyman, and Master · List of Docker Registries · Installing Debian 10 buster on virtualbox · Cross platform terminal emulators · Keep active keep happy · Tools to secure your devices · Secrets of the Face and Palm · Vim as an IDE for developers · WordPress multisite on Debian · Mongodb guide to basics · Jagged Alliance 2 some historic notes · Antivirus solutions and why its needed · A taovilla review and history · MacOS X high sierra running out of disk space · Airprint on bonjour missing scan function for all-in-one printers · Improving terminal load times · Knowing website design costs and pitfalls · Keeping secure and checking if your password is safe? · Installing Virtualbox Guest Additions for Debian Stretch · Windows XP Virtualbox on Mac OS X High Sierra · DNS settings and getting on public DNS · Extracting OVF from VMware ESXI 6.0 · Installing LMDE 2 Betsy · SSL Certificates and Encryption · Machine Learning with Spark · Installing Lubuntu in Virtualbox · Getting started with Docker (docker-toolbox) · Ubuntu upgrade limited boot space · Top 10 Browsers Overview · Taovilla Oracle app beta built using meteorjs · Setting up Debian on VirtualBox · The HomeBrew doctor · Afterlife Buddhist Chants · Caffeine icon for ubuntu / lubuntu · Updating wordpress without FTP · Preinstalled Languages on mainstream OS · Reminisce of Xcom · Java install on Ubuntu · Display image as ASCII art · VirtualBox Resizing Lubuntu Guest Linux · Introducing Samurai · Buddhist Chants · Macbook Pro Key mapping for Lubuntu · Common Apache Nginx commands · The nothingness between Zen and Tao · Tao, Zen and Theravada · Meditation for Growth · Buddhism · Refreshing Git versioned files · Basic Environments for Jira · Coffee Shops and Feng Shui · Converting a hg mercurial to git repository · Long term domain name costs comparison · SVG Graphing · 2 ways to Php install on mac · New EBook Launched Secrets of Human Face and Palm · Introducing Samurai and Installing Meteorjs to own server · Improving the speed of Linux Mint · Ma Zu Deity in Malaysia Sabah · SVG graphics with Javascript · FTP Clients for Mac OS X · Windows Apps on Mac · Programming Languages Compared · Hackers Natural Cure · Publishing on Ebooks · Editors such as SublimeText2 · Good Coding Practice · LMDE Linux Mint Debian Edition · Heroku Webapp · Hadoop Single node 32bit on 12.10 Mint XFCE · Tracing User Behaviour FRUBO · Installing Nginx on MacOSX · Installing Ruby on MacOS X · Turn off annoying compress outlook message · HTML5 Apps on Cordova PhoneGap with MacOSX · Choosing and using Latex · Reviewing Javascript World · Gemstones · Han Xin the Hero of Han · Gathered Wisdoms · Oriental Calendar · Li Qi Feng Shui · Five Elements Feng Shui · Taoist Philosophy Overview · 25th Anniversary Singapore Taoist Philosophy Group · Draw up an Ubuntu Server Environment · Draw up a Lightweight Mail Server · Draw up a Web Database · Php CMS and Frameworks · Drawing up a Web Service · Draw up a Virtual Cloud Server · Unlocking and Flashing your ZTE Blade · Tai Chi and Qi Gong · Pip error in Python with Homebrew · Setting up homebrew for OSX · Personality by Month · Life and Death in Oriental Beliefs · Windows and Linux Desktop Security · Ruan Tou Feng Shui · Life Analysis and Prediction · Cemetery Feng Shui · Taoism · Confucius · Guan Gong · Meditation · Gu Qin · TexMaker with Glossary on Mac · Quick way to OpenStack on Lubuntu · Ancient IT Dictionary · Oriental Poems · Fan Li · IChing · Dao De Jing · TeaTime for Basic Python · CVs and Jobhunting · Chinese Input on Linux Ubuntu · Research in Computer Science · Reviewing Applications on My Mac · Reviewing Applications on My Windows · Installing Windows XP · Installing wireless on Linux Ubuntu or Mint · Restoring an Amazon EC2 Backup · Mac Update PASV problem · Reviewing Green Computing · Consuming the Cloud Storage Space · Using Cherokee and WordPress Whine · Disabling Lubuntu Screensaver · Installing Lubuntu from USB drive · Searching for a Micro Mini CMS · ReStructuredText in Python · Rackspacecloud Vs Amazon · Hacking your old PSP · Attending Atlanta 55th MMM Conference · Smart devices for everyday use · Creative Programmers · Linux Settings · Embarking on Further Education · Machine Learning · Mac Tips – Viewing hidden files on desktop · Creating PDF files for free · Online Media for All · C# ASP Settings · SVN Git and Mercurial Versioning · Getting the last inserted id using datasets · Think Lucky and be Happy · AngieGallery Design · AceTravel Design · Letter to Mum · Prison Vs Work · Irish Daughter · Are you a carrot, an egg or a coffee bean? · Home Media Entertainment Setup · Collection of Interesting sites · Studying in London · Great Oriental eats in London · CMS Joomla, WordPress, Drupal compared ·

© 2022 · mirageglobe · using zenifywp theme by www.mirageglobe.com ·
  · RSS Feed