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Game Master Awards


From the HMGS, Inc. Awards Committee

The HMGS Academy of Historical Gaming Awards Committee is excited to see our current GM Awards Program go into its second decade of recognizing our great Game Masters (GM’s) for demonstrating their "A-Game!” at our conventions. We encourage all GM’s and HMGS members to help support the HMGS GM Awards program.

Game Master Awards presented at HISTORICON include:

"Duke Seifried Game Master of the Year Award”

In 2010 HMGS honored Uncle Duke Seifried with a Game Master Lifetime Achievement Award, and officially renamed the Game Master of the Year Award to the "Duke Seifried Game Master of the Year Award.” Awarded annually at HISTORICON to a Game Master (or GM Team) from among the past year’s "Best of Show” and "Best Theme” recipients. Selected by the Awards Committee, usually for those who won the top awards at multiple HMGS conventions

Best of Show

A GM Award, selected from all of the top Historical Miniatures Games and are usually "PELA” Winners who ran multiple iterations and thus drew recognition from multiple judges.

Best Theme Event

A GM Award selected from all of the top Theme Events and Theme-related PELA recipients

Pour Encourager Les Autres (PELA)

The "PELA” is a GM Award primarily for traditional historical based miniatures gaming event, and selected during morning, afternoon and evening sessions daily. The "Pour Encourager Les Autres” quote stems from an Admiral from the Age of Sail Admiral, who, after a defeat was executed "To encourage the others."

Young Guard Award

Presented in recognition of exceptional children’s games. . . with an emphasis on events that are GM’d by children.  All kid’s games where the targeted age group is 12 years old and younger are eligible, and any GM that is 18 years old or younger and is the active, primary GM of an event is eligible.

Legion of Honor Battle Star Award

This award is coordinated by the HMGS Legion of Honor and is not formally part of the HMGS Game Master Awards program. All convention GM's, Clubs, events, activities and individuals are eligible. Presented by members of the HMGS Legion of Honor, who are always looking for a unique event to recognize.

GM Award Evaluation

Award recipients are usually selected by a team of their peer GM’s, usually led by a past award-winning GM. Normally, several teams of 3-5 judges cover the various time periods each day, and submit their findings. All effort is made to present the award while the game is still in progress.

The HMGS-East PELA Awards are intended for traditional open Game Mastered, participation, Historical, Miniatures events, and only one for each event. (I.e., if one GM gets two awards for the same event, then there is one less award to give to another deserving GM). However, GM’s have received multiple awards for varied events (or by simple oversight).

Since judging is inevitably subjective, teams are given the following general criteria for reference, and encouraged to see all events, and evaluate them based on:

Appearance: Impressive & appealing figures, terrain, models, gaming tools and overall table layout. 

Participation: Players are visibly enjoying the game, and all players asked respond enthusiastically. 

Innovation: Unique methods, techniques or craftsmanship, GM showmanship and any other exceptional methods evident to produce a high quality event.

GM Effort: For a GM going "above-and-beyond" to run many events, and/or large fun games or over a dozen gamers, informative/educational or multimedia efforts such as historical posters, flags, AV etc.

All HMGS members and Game Masters are encouraged to join the team and volunteer for one or more shift (about an hour long commitment).

To volunteer or for more information please come to the Awards Desk at any convention, contact the HMGS Awards Chair at