Should I read it? I mean, should I understand it before going to Cons where the only games I can get into are SW ones?
But why would you want to be competitive? That's a strange word to use! By having a clue about how things work, you stand a chance for your character to be able to pulp-it-up more effectively. You're more likely to be able to do the madness that the game can allow within the quite rigid rules-bound structure that it has. I've warmed a lot to SW over the last few weeks, and I've realised that in the con games I have played in the past I could have done a lot more if I hadn't just looked on in awe at the SW masters doing their thing around me