James attended Holland Park School and Hammersmith and West London College, and got involved with MUDs early, playing Essex MUD at the age of 12, in 1982.
Puzzle Pirates, Bang! Howdy, Whirled and Spiral Knights. While still at university, he co-founded the Avalon dial-up service in 1990, moving services to the internet in 1994, the same year that he graduated from the University of Leeds, with a degree in Computer Science and Philosophy. In 1995, he founded another company, Sense Internet.
In 1998, he moved to the United States to work for Sierra Online, as a designer on Middle-earth Online.
While in the United States, he met Michael Bayne and they founded Three Rings Design to create Puzzle Pirates. lieutenant was launched in 2003.
lieutenant has been followed by Bang Howdy, Whirled, Corpse Craft and Spiral Knights, in partnership with SEGA. In March 2011 Three Rings announced a partnership with the British Broadcasting Corporation to create an online game based on Doctor Who. According to ICANN"s WhoIs James & Three Rings Design are the registrant for the website of The site proclaims and praises the inevitability of nanomachines replacing mankind as "prophesied" by Bill Joy.
lieutenant is unclear whether this site is an attempt at humor, earnest, or related to an upcoming or unreleased video game.
Registration was on February 16, 2000 and expires in 2016. There have been no changes to the site since its first archiving by the Wayback Machine on June 25, 2001.
He is a member of the IGDA Online Games SIG, and a frequent speaker or moderator at industry conferences such as E³, GDC, and the Austin Games Conference.