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Fosdyke Notation is used to define the proximity between two game objects, in particular between the subject and object of an action or effect. A Fosdyke Code describes the relative location of subject and object at a particular point in time; a Fosdyke Requirement specifies the proximity necessary for a particular action or effect to occur.

Invented by Amos Fosdyke in the late 19th century, this notation brought a rigour to the measurement of interactions between game entities which enabled Grossman and Trellis to formulate their zone boundary interaction diagrams. Extension of the Fosdyke principals to more abstract concepts such as Becks, and even to Fosdyke Codes themselves, permitted the advanced quantum token dynamic theories to be constructed. The impact of these breakthroughs still has to be fully assessed, but they would have been impossible without Fosdyke's contribution.


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