2)Aliens-so far, the Tau, the Eldar (Corsair/Craftworld/Dark/Exodite), the two alien races in RT, and enough material that you can run a "Eldar Free Trader" or "Tau Trade/Diplomancy Ship" campaign.
I would prefer new aliens- the Koronus Expanse should be full of xenos new to the Imperium, including 'pocket empires' with their own distinct cultures. I'm tired of the few races with armies in the tabletop game being presented as nearly the only xenos in the 40Kverse, when the fluff makes it clear that there are supposed to be innumerable alien species, and the few 'main' races are just a sampling of the most widely dispersed ones (well, except for the Tau, who are supposed to represent one of many small pocket empires).
Couldn't agree more. If you've been into 40k for a couple of decades, you see endless cycles of Orks, Eldar, Tyranids...with the occasional Tau and Necron supplement more recently. It can get a little samey now and again.
The 40k RPG series has actually done more for expanding the number of xenos species than just about any other part of the whole 40k line, with the Sluagth (appearing in DH waaay before they appeared in Forgeworld's books) the Yu'Vath, the Rak'gol, the Enoulians, the Stryxis and many others. However it never hurts to see more.
I'd love to see not only new aliens but interesting relationships between them. The Culture novels are very good at anticipating how multi-species regions of space would develop over hundreds of thousands of years, with advanced cultures mentoring or exploiting more primitive ones, wars erupting, diplomatic manoeuvrings... I'd love to see some of that nuanced depth of field in dealing with xenos.
Edited by Lightbringer, 09 July 2014 - 08:25 AM.