For any of the new players that go on here and post for help. I have to point out that the community is much larger at Cardgamedb and although people randomly check here as well, for getting the most input and to keep the community together be sure you check out the site and say hello.
Yes, again, welcome to the game! We are some of the friendliest and helpful bunch of people you'll ever meet in a card game. I have played my fair share of card games in the past and I can definitely tell you there is something alluring and irresistible about this game. It's deeply strategic, the card pool is practically an embarrassment of riches, deck making is easy and intuitive without any unreasonable constraints, each choice you make in your head when playing is MEANINGFUL, and each match can potentially yield surprising twists and results that you (or your opponent) didn't see coming. It's no secret that CoC is FFG's beloved little darling and it seems - for the time being - that they have yet to give up on it (there are TWO big box expansions coming this year, one which is being released this week and another in a couple of months, never mind the promos, Draft packs, and Dreamlands print on demand they are doing in support of the game. That's a lot of CoC love in 2015.)
BUT.............! (you knew this was coming)
I am obligated to tell you that the player base is small, much smaller than Thrones and shamefully smaller than Netrunner. If you are a competitive player, you may have problems finding other players in your area (I don't know, maybe you already have a community you can turn to). Tournaments for CoC are always a bit hit or miss........a good tournament is when at least 10 people show up. Anymore than 10 and that's a cause for celebration.
However, if you are not hardcore competitive and just want to play with your friends or loved ones, by all means, get this game. You won't regret it.
I'm pretty sure you have to use all of the new crisis, skill, quorum, destination, super crisis, (etc), cards together for each expansion, or none at all. Same with the new title cards and location overlays. Additional elements like the Pegasus game board or cylon leaders are optional, as are the two play options (cylon fleet, and conflicted loyalties) in Exodus. The alternate cards New caprica, Ionian Nebula, and Earth each have their own components that must be used with them as well if you choose that scenario over kobol.
Hope this helps
No, there will not be maximum copies of every card in the core set. The purpose of the core set is to introduce the game to new players, so it's much better to show a wider variety of cards than to have max copies of only a small number of cards.