Thanks for the welcome!
I am a big fan of Knopfler, Chet Atkins and Leo kottke, so if I fingerprinting (and Travis) was definitely the best place for me to start.
As for alternative tunings I am still on standard or drop d. Once I have completed the Art of Solo Fingerpicking I fancy learning a bit of Hawaiian slack key, which I believe will be a good introduction to alternative tunings. Would love to learn a bit of slide, going into the world of open tunings. Its going to take me some time to get there though!