Although I have my doubts, this does seem rather odd -- Amazon's Privateer 3 Guide has the following description, which is unusually unique. Here goes...
What challenge do you want to take today? Hunt down a wanted criminal? Defend an embattled planet? Escort a vulnerable transport through a dangerous sector? Whatever you choice, you'll need Privateer 3: Prima's Official Strategy Guide. Inside you'll get complete specs for all ships, space combat tactics, shipbuilding strategies, write-ups for every mission, get-rich-quick advice, and descriptions of the most lucrative missions.
Whether you're looking for general tips or detailed explanations, this guide delivers the goods with: complete specs for all ships; space combat tactics; ship-building strategies; world descriptions; write-ups on all missions; best plot choices, best trade routes and get-rich-quick advice; and the most lucrative missions.
Not really, don't believe everything you read. We should all know about the rumored Privateer 3 Official Guides that have been advertised since the Privateer 3 game was cancelled over a year ago. Amazon.com plans to get theirs "in stock" on April 14, 2000. Chips & Bits doesn't plan to get any until January, 2001 however. But much like Barnes And Noble's Prophecy Gold Guide, the P3 Guide does not exist. Nevertheless, Doug Gordon brought to our attention the fact that Best Buy is advertising it. And this time, they've got a cover shot to go with it (see below). What they're showing is the Privateer 2 Official Guide however, but with the 2 morphed into a 3. Pretty shady if you ask me..
Wouldn't it be nice if there actually were a Privateer 3? I don't really put much faith into these new rumors, and I'd reccomend everybody else do the same -- that said, I'll try and do some checking and see where all this guide information suddenly came from.