…Because few things make for a more boring intro screen than a Sapphire trying to take on a swarm of Mules, getting timed out, and the Sapphire being replaced with a Svalbard Explorer.

nms on 1/31/2017 11:16 PM:

Or, if that would have undesirable side effects, change the intro ship selection algorithm to only create ships with weapons.

See also: Feature request: Setting to deactivate ship timeout in intro.

george moromisato on 2/9/2017 10:04 PM:

In 1.7 Beta 6, unarmed ships do not show up randomly (though they can still be created by name).