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I've just gone back to Frontier: Elite II using DOSBox and it reminded me of a question that I had when I first played the game: what is the point of the Interplanetary Shuttle? You can buy it, but you can't replace the drive or anything. And as far as I can tell you can't own more than one ship. So... what's the point?

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Passenger or freight service from surface to orbit. But I sincerely doubt you'll ever be that destitute.

You'll find that a great many of the ships that can be bought really aren't that useful for a single lone pilot; they're available for purchase mainly because all ships are. And, of course, as ever with Elite 1 or 2 your fun is where you find it.

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  • Are the Lynx Bulk Carrier and Long Range Cruiser also purchasable? Piloting either one used to be my biggest dream but I only saw them uselessly floating around, never having a "SALE" sign on them. Jun 7, 2011 at 15:23
  • Are there ads on the bulletin board that ask for passage from planet to orbit? Jun 8, 2011 at 17:46
  • Not usually, but pretty much everything is procedurally generated, so it's possible. Jun 8, 2011 at 19:24

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