Concerning the discussion about xcomutil and the Small Scout, this is what Scott T. Jones has to say about it in the documentation of his editor:
Many of the terror sites would not load with an alien ship on the map, due to size constraints in the symbol table. To handle those cases, I created the NOSHIP files to replace the smallest ships. The NOSHIP files use very little of the symbol table, thus allowing the additional terrains to be used. As a result, I now prompt for terrain first and prompt for the ship only if one is allowed for that terrain. To enable these NOSHIP files, I had to completely remove the smallest ships from the game, the Small Scout and the Survey Ship. Once the NOSHIP files have been created these ships can only be restored manually. However, since they are rarely seen and the NOSHIP files cause no harm, I am not concerned with this problem. If you really want to see them, all you have to do is enable prompting and I will temporarily replace them for one battle. However, if you save this battle and reload it, there is no way for me to detect this and the floorplan of the ship will be corrupted.
With that solved, onwards.
NKF, on 14th May 2007, 4:19am, said:
I think the mind probe comes standard with the small-scout missions. But I'm wondering why the alien doesn't have a spare clip. Most weapon setups allow for at least one spare. Perhaps not with the scout.
Nope, the Mind Probe isn't a standard loadout for aliens on the Small Scout. I get aliens carrying nothing but weapons on the Small Scout frequently. About the issue of spare clips, at least on the easier difficulty settings the aliens hardly ever carry them early on. Later, they start to carry more clips. Presumably, this is to create intentional ammo shortages for the plasma-based weapons early in a campaign. On higher difficulty levels and later in th game, aliens sometimes carry multiple clips/grenades/bombs. Haven't really got around to testing this fully though. Still waiting for BB to incorporate weapon loadouts for aliens into his logger.