I realized recently that you can now engage a target even if you have no one in your party that is in range of the target. it used to be that you couldn't attack a target if they were out of range of your entire party.
Was there an announcement of this change that I missed? And have there been other changes to combat that might have gone unannounced?
This change happened before the most recent (Day 186) change to IFF and its affects on combat.
I do believe you've always been able to attack targets out of range - you just simply missed your shots. I played around with various weapons early into bandit combat and was never prevented from firing because of range issues.
As of early this year (around Y16 D30 or so), if no one in your party had the range to hit the target, you'd get an error message that said, "You have no weapons that can hit that target" (or WTTE). At least one member of your squad, or you, had to have a weapon that had the range to hit the target.
I don't think I ever touched this code to remove or fix it. Maybe your eyes deceived you before! Maybe there's some other requirement for it to appear like only with bandits or only not on Derra.
"On two occasions I have been asked,—"Pray, Mr. Babbage, if you put into the machine wrong figures, will the right answers come out?" I am not able rightly to apprehend the kind of confusion of ideas that could provoke such a question."
- Charles Babbage