Zones of control: Perspectives on wargaming. Cambridge: mit Press, 2016. 848 pp. Cloth (isbn 9780262033992), $50.00; ebook (isbn 9780262334938), $35.00.Zones of Control: Perspectives on Wargaming is an ambitious anthology in both size and scope. It comprises fifty-nine articles spread over more than seven hundred pages. Wargaming is understood in a broad sense here. Although the most popular meaning of the word – a genre of recreational tabletop games focused on detailed simulation of historical warfare – is a point of departure for the book, the topics here are more broad ranging, as they include simulations used in military training and planning, digital games on war from different genres, and depictions of wargaming in other media (literature, film, photography). Accordingly, the roster of authors is diverse, with game designers and publishers, military professionals, educators, and game studies scholars. Many of them are renowned figures in the field – influential designers, such as James F. Dunnigan, Brian Train, Volko Ruhnke, Ed Beach, and Joseph Miranda, and notable game researchers, such as Miguel Sicart, Esther MacCallum-Stewart, Alexander R. Galloway, and Mary Flanagan. (Interestingly, this is also probably the only game studies anthology to feature a text by a Nobel Prize winner: Thomas
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