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A monster game is a
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that is either very large, very complex, or both. One criterion sometimes adopted is the number of pieces; a game which puts greater than 1000 counters into play at once may be considered to be a monster game. This classification can technically be applied to any board game, but most commonly refers to the kind of non- abstract
wargame A wargame is a game that realistically simulates warfare, as opposed to abstract games such as chess Chess is a board game Board games are tabletop game Tabletop games are game with separate sliding drawer, from 1390–1353 BC ...
s in which a large amount of time is needed to play each turn as a result of a relatively high commitment to period accurate military
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. There is controversy over which would have been the first monster game in the field of wargames with many stating that
Drang Nach Osten! ''Drang Nach Osten!'' ("Drive to the East!") is a monster board game, board wargame published in 1973 by Game Designers' Workshop (GDW) that simulates Operation Barbarossa, the German invasion of the Soviet Union in 1941. The game was the first ...
( GDW, 1973) was pretty universally accepted as the first monster wargame. Drag Nach Osten and his companion, Unentschieden led to the Europa Series games, a giant WWII game. Wargames that are considered monster games include:


See also

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Europa (wargame) ''Europa'' is a series of board wargames planned to cover combat over the entire European Theater of World War II at a scale that represents units from division (military), divisions down to battalions and game turns that represent two weeks of ti ...
* War in Europe (game) *
List of board wargames This is a list of board wargames by historical genre (and some subgenres) showing their publication history. All games can be presumed to have been published in English language, English unless another language is noted. Historical *''The Ar ...
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List of wargame publishers {{Wargaming List of wargame publishers is an index of commercial company (law), companies that publish wargaming, wargames. * 3W or World Wide Wargames – Publishers of the wargaming magazine ''The Wargamer (magazine), The Wargamer''. * A and A G ...
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Simulation game A simulation video game describes a diverse super-category of video game#REDIRECT Video game A video game is an electronic game that involves interaction with a user interface or input device such as a joystick, game controller, controller, ...
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Tactical wargame Tactical wargames are a type of wargaming, wargame that models military conflict at a tactical level, i.e. units range from individual vehicles and squads to platoons or company (military unit), companies. These units are rated based on types an ...


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Drang Nach Osten!
(Boardgamegeek)