Dynamix, Inc. was located in the Riverfront Research Park, adjacent to the University of Oregon campus. The three story steel frame, brick and glass office building at 1600 Millrace Drive was opened in 1993 with Dynamix as anchor tenant, occupying about 45,000 square feet in the building. Dynamix had its front desk located on the second floor. Before its relocation, Dynamix was located in Downtown Eugene.
Jeff Tunnell graduated from the University of Oregon with a BS in Biology, but probably only the pet frog in Willy Beamish reminds us of his studies, for soon he would become a game designer and game company owner. In 1981, Tunnell bought his first Apple Il computer and started a software store at home that was called Computertutor. He was also frantically programming Electronic Playground in Applesoft BASIC in order to try to get into the game industry.
After moving the store from his house to a real location, he met Damon Slye, who was a student at the University of Oregon. Slye was working on Stellar 7 and knew 6502 Assembly, what made him a God in Tunnell's eyes, so Tunnell hired him to work in his store. A couple of months later, Tunnell sold off the software store, and they started Software Entertainment Company (SEC), a company to sell their games.
Slye's Stellar 7 was released under the SEC label (Apple II, 1983). Sales were a bit disappointing, as the game sold about 8,000 units. According to Slye the game must have been heavily pirated, since everyone he met had played and loved it. But he got a call from best selling author Tom Clancy, who told him how he had played the game every day after it was released.
Dynamix's second game was The Sword of Kadash, created by Chris Cole. Cole used to visit Tunnell's store with some friends and was at first considered as one of the High School hoodlums, who was trying to shoplift. But as soon as it was found out that they were aspiring programmers, they became friends quickly. The money Cole made from the game put him through college. It was published by Penguin Software (1984), that would also re-publish Stellar 7 in the same year. According to Mark Pelczarki, who started Penquin Software, sales were poor on both games. But eventually, when Dynamix made a remake in 2000, Stellar 7 became a big hit. Soon they found out that it was already too late to get in the industry with little money, so they changed the focus from publishing to game development, and called their company Dynamix (1984). After the company had changed its name, Kevin Ryan and Richard Hicks, also former University of Oregon students, came on board as owner-partners.