James Ernest is a game designer and professional juggler who has been designing and publishing games since 1993. He began his game design career writing and designing for Wizards of the Coast. In 1996, he founded Cheapass Games which has published over 100 original games. In 2003, he joined with Mike Selinker to create Lone Shark Games. He is also noted for being a good poker player among the various game designers who play at various trade shows.