Weird. Just a couple of hours ago I did the "Boom time delivery of 120 units of Hydrogen Fuel " mission and got a pirate right after the jump to the destination system, as in most cases...I rarely get attacked by anything and I've carried all kinds of cargo of various values and even taken missions above my current rank, and I can fly for months without seeing an NPC pirate. I don't know why.
I'm not the only one who has this issue though.
Well, that is why I still play Freespace from time to timeI will say, however, that it makes for a very boring space game and I usually end up switching off in boredom after doing only a couple of trips, where with the original (which I still play in emulation) it always had that "just one more trip" hook.
There is something special in old games. In the days of the first Elite, I had the ZX Spectrum, and all my friends played at my place literally around the clock. It was insane and VERY addictive!
We did not find Raxxla though.