Presenter: James Ernest

James Ernest is an American game inventor, author, and graphic designer, best known as the founder of Cheapass Games. Since 1996, he has designed and published more than 100 tabletop games.


Ernest has won several industry awards for game design and graphic design, for games including Kill Doctor Lucky, Diceland, Button Men, and Pirates of the Spanish Main, and he is a member of the Origins Hall of Fame. 


Ernest is an avid teacher and student of game design, and is a frequent speaker at design conferences and conventions. In 2013 he helped redesign the Introduction to Tabletop Games course at DigiPen Institute of Technology.


He currently publishes games, design articles, and short fiction through his personal design studio, Crab Fragment Labs.