Big Honkin Monster Wargames published since 1999
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The first golden age of wargaming had ton of monster wargames: World in Flames, the incredible Europa series, a bunch of SPI monster classics (ahhhhh, the infamous The Campaign for North Africa and Pasta), AH's Longest Day, etc.

During this second golden age of wargaming (1999...beginning about when Paths of Glory was published > today), we are lucky enough to have quite a few new choices to quench our appetite for games that require many, many, many enjoyable weekends to play to completition (assuming one ever actually does that with a monster game).

Below are the new corps of monsters published in the last dozen years and those big dogs still on preorder. Averaging about 3 big honkin monsters per year these days.

By subject (stats on the first 42 games on the list - didn't include the 5 monsters in the pipe at the moment):

WWII 22 (always 1/2 the hobby)
WWI/RCW 7
ACW 4
Ancients 3
NAP/Age of Reason 3
Modern 2
Civ/Empire 1

By company

GMT 11
DG 11
Gamers/MMP 10
Clash 4
Others 6

The big 3 dominate this category of wargaming ...although Clash of Arms wades in frequently. AWE, L2, HAS/AH, GSI and ADG round it out the list.

Designers?

Essig, Herman, Berg, Rowland, Emrich, Wimble - the usual suspects for designers of BIG honkin games. Quite a few single game designers (or just a few games to their credit) also producing these labours of love.

One thing I noticed of the 42 titles, only about a dozen were "original" titles (not part of series, version 2+ or reprints)...so, sadly, we only get about one per year of monster "originals".

That rate of monster creation is A LOT lower than what occurred during the first golden age of wargaming; crack open a SPI catalogue sometime. But, how many new monsters are you going to be able to play in a year anyway? No opinion on how the quality of monster game play stacks up when comparing games from the the two golden ages. I do know that the quality of components now, of course, is much better.

Feel free to add to the list in case I have missed any.
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1. Board Game: La Grande Guerre 14-18 [Average Rating:7.76 Overall Rank:4899]
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1999 Azure Wish

Can't think of a better title to kick off the list. Have some of my hardcore wargame buddies that have given this a whirl. They loved it. $300+ to score a copy if you can find it. Azure Wish has sure turned out some interesting titles (EU, Rossyia 1917, etc).
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2. Board Game: Burma [Average Rating:7.89 Overall Rank:2097]
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1999 MMP

Another one of Essig's gems.
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3. Board Game: Totaler Krieg! [Average Rating:7.47 Overall Rank:2410]
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1999 Decision Games

I think TK2 is in the works at the moment.
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4. Board Game: La Bataille de L├╝tzen [Average Rating:7.67 Overall Rank:4049]
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1999 CoA

One of many in the outstanding Clash of Arms La Bataille series.
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5. Board Game: Over There [Average Rating:7.54 Overall Rank:7496]
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2000 GRD

3,640 countes - and you can play it with March to Victory to game the Western Front. Will take longer than the war did :-)
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6. Board Game: This Terrible Sound [Average Rating:7.86 Overall Rank:4536]
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2000 MMP

The Battle of Chickamauga.
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7. Board Game: Barbarossa: Army Group North, 1941 [Average Rating:7.99 Overall Rank:3307]
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2000 GMT

Part of a highly acclaimed series.
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8. Board Game: Guderian's Blitzkrieg II [Average Rating:8.06 Overall Rank:2303] [Average Rating:8.06 Unranked]
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2001 Gamers/MMP

Another Essig OCS special.
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9. Board Game: Advanced European Theater of Operations [Average Rating:7.59 Overall Rank:5393]
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2001 DG

I remember ETO, but have never played this one.
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10. Board Game: The Rise of the Roman Republic [Average Rating:6.87 Overall Rank:3814]
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2003 GMT

The sequel to this one, Carthage (see below), seems to have got much better reviews.
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2003 L2

Exploding dogs. What more needs to be said.
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12. Board Game: A World at War [Average Rating:7.64 Overall Rank:2820]
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2003 GMT

The follow up to Advanced Third Reich. This one gets played at WBC and the AWaW crew seems to have a blast.
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13. Board Game: Korea: The Forgotten War [Average Rating:8.10 Overall Rank:2219]
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2003 MMP

OCS ventures beyond WWII.
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14. Board Game: DAK2 [Average Rating:8.26 Overall Rank:2236]
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2004 MMP

The entire North African campaign at the regimental level from Mr.Essig's OCS series. I have DAK 1 in the closet.
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15. Board Game: 7 Ages [Average Rating:7.08 Overall Rank:1460]
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2004 ADG

Have played this a couple of times with my hardcore World in Flames group. My group wanted to love the game, but we didn't like the killer card combo's that would arise and wipe out a weekend of gaming.
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16. Board Game: War Between The States (second edition) [Average Rating:7.07 Overall Rank:7173]
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2004 DG

A reprint of a title my gaming group really wanted to like (ACW strategic monster), but, really fell flat for us.
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17. Board Game: The Cossacks Are Coming! (2nd Edition) [Average Rating:7.29 Unranked]
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DG 2004

I played the People's War Game version - liked that one.
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18. Board Game: A Fearful Slaughter: The Battle of Shiloh [Average Rating:7.64 Overall Rank:4484]
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2004 MMP

You want to game Shiloh? Try this one.
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19. Board Game: Carthage: The First Punic War [Average Rating:7.30 Overall Rank:2783]
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2005 GMT

The monster on top of my must play pile.
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20. Board Game: Wacht Am Rhein [Average Rating:7.29 Overall Rank:5155] [Average Rating:7.29 Unranked]
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2005 DG

A reprint of one my favorites.
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21. Board Game: Triumph of Chaos [Average Rating:7.54 Overall Rank:2292]
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Maybe the OP was too modest to add this intriguing monster that I'm currently trying out...
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22. Board Game: War in the Pacific (second edition) [Average Rating:7.71 Overall Rank:6413]
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2006 DG

A reprint of the legendary game.
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23. Board Game: Pax Romana [Average Rating:7.34 Overall Rank:1685]
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GMT 2006. Mr.Berg.

Just started playing this. Thumbs up.
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24. Board Game: 1914: Twilight in the East [Average Rating:7.95 Overall Rank:3284]
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2007 GMT

Can't wait for the copy I just ordered to arrive.
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25. Board Game: The Great War in Europe: Deluxe Edition [Average Rating:7.12 Overall Rank:3440]
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Ted, WWI, a monster wargame. What's not to like?
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