In a word. I would say that this book is overwhelming. The length and breadth of the topics covered in this one ( rather small) book caused me to rethink my idea of trying to play MT at all. The book has everything: spacecraft design, maps of the galaxy, sectors, subsectors plus all of the information needed to understand the universe and the communication and administration of the shattered empire. Task resolution is resolved to a science in and of itself.
In a way, this book isd a disappointment because of the responsibility thst it pots on the referee's shoulders. Referees and GMs need to be interested in the gamre before they propose to entertain friends with a game of this magnitude. Gaming with this system really grows on you. There really is no other version of Traveller that covers all of the civilizations.
[5 of 5 Stars!]