HomeLAN - Why was the decision made to give everyone who buys Jump to Lightspeed a free ship rather than have players earn the ship through money or some other means?
Cinco Barnes - Everyone will have the ability to obtain a very basic ship from a mission-giving NPC from the start. The idea is to get people into space and adventuring as soon as Jump to Lightspeed launches. But an entry-level ship will not get you very far. Players will want to upgrade and begin customizing as soon as possible and crafters pursuing the shipwright profession will have ample business, providing an infusion to that segment of the economy almost immediately.
Holy cow they answered my question. Still wouldn't play this game if they paid me, but at least they got something right.