Of course, when looking at a disk sector - you don't actually see "LDA" there - it's token (representation) is A9 - and from memory? It is something like - A9 00 03, where it is setting up 3 lives for the game start. Of course, there are other possible ways of setting the lives counter, without using LDA to do so. This technique works also for 68000 computers, but you would look for FC 00 03, or was it, FC 00 00 03 instead... With the Atari 800, I could look at a source listing published in ANALOG Computing - and change the lives for one of their arcade games published with the magazine. Anyway - I somehow did this by my own detective work, and on my own... Andrew did take note of how easy it can be to hack into a game to make it easier - and I think he made sure that Hawkquest, could not be hacked into so easily that way... That he set up the lives count differently.