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yasagani: [...] but I have been able to replicate this bug almost every time in a new game, so here's another save with it. Trying to hire Crasus from the leader screen freezes the game, same thing happens to Gizmo in the ship officers tab.[...]
Update: it seems there is an actual problem there with your save, but 0.74 DOSBox is "forgiving" and the game continues anyway. Need to investigate cause.

EDIT: As a temporary solution, you can download adjusted HESTRNGS file from below link and overwrite existing one in MOO2 subdirectory: 150\language\en\HESTRNGS.LBX
This should prevent your game from freezing upon hire leader click.
Lemme know if it indeed works.
Post edited July 27, 2018 by Rocco.40