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Is it possible to play Freelancer as a pirate from the beginning of the game?
(I'm already playing without story missions)

I tried landing on Rochester, but there weren't any missions available.

If not, why would anyone ever buy the Bloodhound or the Dagger?

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Speaking strictly about single player vanilla Freelancer you can't. You have to play the story at least as long until you have access to the jumpgates. If that is too much story for then that means: NO.

How to get around those restrictions

You can however play multiplayer (even if it's just a server for you) or install appropriate mods to lift those initial restrictions.

As for your apparent problem with faction standing: Every faction has friends and enemies. By shooting members of one faction you not only anger them and their friends but also please their enemies. Determine which enemies your favorite faction has and shoot them (For pirates try shooting the police). It takes a bit of grinding and a good enough combat ship but it is feasible.

Further suggestions

If you are interested in mp may I suggest you check out the Mod "Shattered Worlds - War Torn".

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Read the question; I said without story missions. (I'm using OpenSP) –  SLaks Aug 12 '10 at 12:12
Even without story missions, it appears to be impractical to become a pirate without spending tens of thousands of credits on a bribe. –  SLaks Aug 12 '10 at 12:13
updated the answer. I didn't misread your question. I stated that you'd only need to do a couple of missions and left the decision to you if that was acceptable or not. Next time you should post all aspects of your problem if you want an answer to all of them. –  Kempeth Aug 12 '10 at 13:59
It would probably be impossible or very difficult to do that until you reach Bretonia. (Buy the Crusader or Barracuda, then head back to Liberty) –  SLaks Aug 12 '10 at 14:07
I managed to go directly from the Starflier to the Barracuda by starting a game and getting nothing but wrecks. (without killing a single ship) I even flew up to Bretonia to do more trading and get the Advanced Thruster. I then went back to Liberty and shot every ship in sight. –  SLaks Aug 17 '10 at 10:47
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You can use the open single player mod.

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No, you can't. Even without story missions, it appears to be impractical to become a pirate without spending tens of thousands of credits on a bribe. –  SLaks Aug 12 '10 at 13:25
@SLaks: I didn't say it would an easy path... –  Zommuter Aug 13 '10 at 7:43
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I dug again... Maybe the Discovery Mod helps with an option in it's openSP modification part, citing the 4.85 readme:

What reputation do you want? - Default Discovery reputation is the lawful role-play reputation used in multiplayer. Other options are: All factions neutral, friendly or hostile. Certain factions are hostile regardless of your choice

I have not yet tested whether pirates are part of these hostile factions, but in the 4.82 readme, that line read Nomads are hostile regardless of your choice, so I'm optimistic.

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