Well, I'll post one as well. Can someone please give me bandit-hunting tips? As in, I'd like to know which bandits tend to inhabit which areas, their relative difficulties, and loot possibilities; additionally, I've noticed that past a certain party size (25-30 or so?) I just stop seeing bandits anywhere, but, especially with a party <10 or 20, they seem to be in swarms. This has nothing to do with spotting range, etc., I'm just wondering what factors affect bandit spawning.
As far as I can tell, in order of lewt-fatness:
High-level deserters (various locations, equipment)
Sea Raiders (Northern coast/Nord territory): Hard difficulty, gives heavy armor, quality weapons
Steppe Bandits (Steppes/Khergit territory): Medium-hard difficulty (only in early game, as they're all mounted and very fast on the worldmap), gives poor armor and weapons, horses if script is modified.
Taiga Bandits (Snowy land/Vaegir territory): Medium-hard difficulty, gives decent armor and weapons
Desert Bandits (Desert/Sarranid territory): Medium difficulty, gives below average armor but above average weapons, horses if script is modified
Mountain Bandits/Forest Bandiots (Near mountains/Near Forrests--Rhodok/Swadian territory): Medium difficulty, give about average weapons and armor. As far as I can tell these are about interchangeable?
Looters (Everywhere): Very easy difficulty, give very poor equipment. Perhaps the only enemies Recruits can beat one-on-one.