After cutting my teeth on the spry but limited Sidewinder, I wanted to try out other ships but lacked the capital to do it. The quick solution seemed to be to use what little I had earned to upgrade to a hauler, facilitating more lucrative cargo runs and courier missions. This would be my stepping stone to something more glamorous.
Sadly, the bargain basement hauler, the Zorgon Peterson, is a comical embarrassment to self-respecting spaceships everywhere. It’s a testament to Frontier’s craftsmanship that they can make the various ship hulls feel so different just by tweaking handling parameters and changing some audio and visual material. The Zorgon Peterson experience was certainly a far cry from the Sidewinder starter ship.
The moment I laid eyes on the cheap plastic interior, I knew I’d never bond with this ship. The dashboard and air-vents look like they’re taken straight from a 1990s Japanese minivan. On launching, my heart sank further as the feeble engine noise became audible. Was this thing powered by an elastic band?
Having made my purchase and accepted a charter, I had little choice but to launch and drift forlornly into space, a hold full of cargo that someone wanted moved somewhere pronto. the little crapheap wheezed its way out of mass lock range and I engaged hyperspace.
I was informed by my HUD that something was deployed, preventing the jump. I checked and double checked: I’d definitely withdrawn the landing gear, I hadn’t accidentally activated to cargo scoop, nor had I done anything involving hardpoints or discovery scanners (causing a known bug). I repeatedly pressed several buttons, but to no avail. I had no choice but to turn around and dock up. Maybe I could demand my money back.
The only problem was, despite my landing showing as deployed, I couldn’t touch down. Clearly this hauler was a duffer. Zorgon Peterson are apparently the Skodas of the Elite universe.
Eventually I resolved the issue by shutting down the client and restarting, but by this time I was up against the clock with regard to my delivery. Despite my best efforts thereafter, I missed the deadline and got a hefty fine for my troubles.
So much for hauling being a moneyspinner, but part of me hopes they keep this bug in as long as it’s specific to the Zorgon Peterson. It adds character.