I actually like the Fo1 encounters a lot more than this Fo2 stuff. Yes in Fo2 the mechanic is improved and has more random maps and stuff, but that's kinda the point... Fo1 feels different. On the other hand, I agree that "you are thirsty"-encounters aren't that necessary, because except for setting the atmosphere (it's a dry desert), it doesn't do anything for the gameplay. Btw. isn't the line in Fo2 split up, because the names could get pretty long? You encounter x fighting y, etc?