Born To Lose, Live To Win
"Captain, although your abilities intrigue me, you are quite honestly inferior"
Keep in mind that the Master Rule Book includes ONLY the rules (although an awful lot of them). There are no scenarios, ship descriptions nor SSDs.
You miss a lot of the flavour and background of the game without these parts which is why I have never bought the Master Rule Book, however there are a lot of people who have and are quite fanatical about it.
Good point. You can buy SSD books from e23 also. The Scenarios are a different story though and I don't see them there.