Spanner, my apologies.
I've been a long time player of the Star Wars RPG, and am a fanboy. I've played the Dark Jedi in an RPG club that just what I described. I eventually retired him because it was to over powered in the setting, but my character operated in an area that did not have a lot of Jedi. I could count on one hand the Jedi throughout the whole club that were more powerful. But it does work both ways. Librarians instantly killing every Jedi they see. Boltguns being uberly more lethal. Star Wars armour being crappy because some mini bears killed cannon fodder wearing some. As you said, both sides are guilty of it.
Precisely. Damn these versus debates - they bring out the worst.
Being a Chaos player, I don't know how the Gods would react. A part of me thinks Tzeentch would instantly offer Palpatine Daemonic Ascension, considering his proficiency in scheming and plotting. Of course, that would be like booning Abaddon into a Daemon Prince.
I suppose that's again part of the discussion. Does Star Wars have any god-like entities that compare to the Chaos Gods? Or for that matter the C'Tan at the height of their powers? Or the Eldar gods before the fall?
You did hit the metaphorical nail on the head though. I know a fair amount of 40K, but a whole lot of Star Wars. Even with the super Jedi powers, the majority couldn't sustain their use through a campaign. Star Wars would lose the ground fight, I've said it before. There are not enough Jedi to outlast the 40K on the ground, and I know of nothing to combat the Titans. Space would eventually belong to Star Wars, though, and once that happened, the ground battle would no longer matter. Base-Delta-Zero = Exterminatus. Reliable FTL travel. Instant communication across the galaxy. The ability to destroy entire fleets at a time coming for reinforcements. I believe Star Wars has the edge in manufacturing power. If 40K didn't destroy key installations, Star Wars would out produce them. One killed Space Marine that they got their hands on...
I'm still not sold on the space superiority thing, but I guess we have to look at what ntaw said with the whole setting. If it was in the 40k universe then the Star Wars fleets would be torn apart by warp storms and Daemon incursions. However if it were the inverse, then there would be no access to warp travel etc, which bones all 40k races except pretty much Tau.
Purpose is the biggest difference. Star Wars is set in the 'Known Galaxy' and is primarily the Empire or one of the Republics. I imagine that had the Emperor of Man not fallen during the Heresy, the two might be much more similar. Both Emperor's don't particularly like aliens/xenos and have no problem wiping them out. Instead, 40K is ravaged by open war, where Star Wars isn't.
Indeed. I think the whole galaxy constantly at war factor in 40k does give it that edge in the sense that there are always worlds to recruit from (or Hive Fleets to spawn from etc), whereas much of the Star Wars galaxy depends upon clone production. Also, I saw you mention that minor world consisting of ~6bn (and that was a small world). Compare that to Cadia - 850,000,000 (lexicanum). And that's one planet. I still think 40k surpasses on scale.