This will be a must-buy for me.
What is great about this set, is that the playable races from the Alien Archive sections of the Dead Suns AP volumes are included, even if it is just one pawn per creature, but that will probably be enough for players who want to play something more exotic.
So far i have used Star Wars, Warhammer 40K, Dungeons & Dragons & Pathfinder minis for all creatures in book one & two, but i will probably switch to the pawns for most small & medium creatures.
I'm still not sold on using pawns as starship stand-ins and use metal & plastic minis from other games on hex-stands but may use the Corpse Fleet minis from Ninja Division when they arrive.
Here's hoping that the "Empire of Bones" pawn is large or huge, as the ship is supercolossal in size and over 22 miles long!
PS: Please make an Ellicoth miniature somehow. ;-p