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      Special Upgrade 4 Tech Tips   12/27/2016

      Hi all! Now that Upgrade 4 is out and about in large quantities we have now discovered a few SNAFUs that happen out in the scary, real world that is home computing.  Fortunately the rate of problems is extremely small and so far most are easily worked around.  We've identified a few issues that have similar causes which we have clear instructions for work arounds here they are: 1.  CMRT Windows customers need to re-license their original key.  This is a result of improvements to the licensing system which CMBN, CMBS, and CMFB are already using.  To do this launch CMRT with the Upgrade and the first time enter your Engine 4 key.  Exit and then use the "Activate New Products" shortcut in your CMRT folder, then enter your Engine 3 license key.  That should do the trick. 2.  CMRT and CMBN MacOS customers have a similar situation as #2, however the "Activate New Products" is inside the Documents folder in their respective CM folders.  For CMBN you have to go through the process described above for each of your license keys.  There is no special order to follow. 3.  For CMBS and CMFB customers, you need to use the Activate New Products shortcut and enter your Upgrade 4 key.  If you launch the game and see a screen that says "LICENSE FAILURE: Base Game 4.0 is required." that is an indication you haven't yet gone through that procedure.  Provided you had a properly functioning copy before installing the Upgrade, that should be all you need to do.  If in the future you have to install from scratch on a new system you'll need to do the same procedure for both your original license key and your Upgrade 4.0 key. 4.  There's always a weird one and here it is.  A few Windows users are not getting "Activate New Products" shortcuts created during installation.  Apparently anti-virus software is preventing the installer from doing its job.  This might not be a problem right now, but it will prove to be an issue at some point in the future.  The solution is to create your own shortcut using the following steps: Disable your anti-virus software before you do anything. Go to your Desktop, right click on the Desktop itself, select NEW->SHORTCUT, use BROWSE to locate the CM EXE that you are trying to fix. The location is then written out. After it type in a single space and then paste this:


      Click NEXT and give your new Shortcut a name (doesn't matter what). Confirm that and you're done. Double click on the new Shortcut and you should be prompted to license whatever it is you need to license. At this time we have not identified any issues that have not been worked around.  Let's hope it stays that way Steve
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  2. Is there any update on this issue? I'm playing the mission now (v. 3.12) and it's still bugged. I can't cross the bridge.
  3. Leave it to you to determine what is and isn't real. NO reading the keyframe! Regards, John Kettler
  4. Guys, Came across this show on an online site and set out to find out about it. Turns out this is a deeply researched drama about four fictional UK people (two males and two females), showing their ISIS experience, starting with what led them to abandon their lives, travel to Syria and join ISIS. Numerous former members were interviewed, tons of propaganda videos watched, and there is even a former ISIS technical advisor. Haven't seen it yet myself, but the program is apparently searingly realistic and has been endorsed by a heavy hitter academic whose field is radicalization. https://www.theguardian.com/media/2017/aug/21/channel-4-defends-isis-drama-the-state-after-criticism Regards, John Kettler
  5. Turn about is fair play, right? Like the short article's last few lines. "Drones dropping warheads on foreheads." The link works, but it would've been far more elegant to have the video displayed directly. 854x480.mp4 Regards, John Kettler
  6. Am surprised there hasn't been a single reply to this OP, other than mine just now. Regards, John Kettler
  7. The, ahem, brave ISIS fighters have been fleeing Mosul--dressed as women--and busted on SM by the Iraqi Army. Is this the new UNCON must have mod? Funker530 has a big YT channel devoted mostly to military videos. This is is website. As usual, found this when looking at something else he'd posted. https://www.funker530.com/women-roasted/ Regards, John Kettler
  8. Haiduk, Though I couldn't find a way to post this video directly, it is quite remarkable in a number of ways, starting with how unbelievably atmospheric it is. Featured is a mixed Ukrainian force of BMP-2, BTR-70, a bunch of different military truck types, some sort of Land Cruiser type vehicle and a pickup truck. Action is furious at times and very confusing, in a video with tons of technical problems but lots going on. Have never seen anything quite like this intermingling of AFV and soft skins in battle. Regards, John Kettler
  9. See I'm behind again on this thread in terms of reading and viewing, but while doing some research for an article, I came across this, which I strongly recommend you mix neither with liquids nor food. Call it a new and disturbing twist on dietary boredom. http://mysteriousuniverse.org/2017/08/pure-evil-man-admits-hes-tired-of-eating-human-flesh/ Regards, John Kettler
  10. Right. Since it's a game, by definition anything we do is gamey. But there are different degrees of gaminess. I think what we are concerned to do is to ask if what we do in the game has a plausible parallel in the real world. What's not plausible about taking a route the enemy is not shelling? Michael
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  12. "I just wait out the first few turns until I am sure where the shells are falling and then go some other way, happy to have the AI waste its artillery." So gamey, Michael...
  13. Echoing what everyone else here has posted: Wego is turn based and I think what most people play. Real time is mess if the unit count gets above a company size engagement. You can pause the action at any time in Real Time mode but when the unit count gets so large you'll find that you have to pause the action every few seconds to give or change orders. This sounds ideal until you realize that the game is being paused so often that it's not really "Real Time" any more. The one and only advantage that Real Time mode has over Wego is that you can give orders at any time, so you could avoid potential disaster ambushes and perhaps time attacks better with multiple units. Most people love that anticipation of 1 minute of solid action that Wego provides. There are demos to download, btw.
  14. As Brother Dave Gardner once said, "Teeth, hair, and eyes all over the road." As well as intestines, gonads, tootsies, pinkies and other assorted parts. Many, many other assorted parts. Michael
  15. King Edward VIII's leangings are well, or should be, known in UK from newspapers, books and at least one movie (based on Japanese authors book), depicts British uppper class Nazi sympathies - Remains of the Day hasn't caused any riots up the Mall, I spose for even those that are aware, as it's history. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3165923/Pictured-Queen-taught-NAZI-SALUTE-Edward-VIII-secret-1933-film-Balmoral.html http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4712010/Churchill-s-bid-cover-Duke-s-link-Nazis.html
  16. Excellent - happy gaming.
  17. I imagine the reason the other three men are hidden is that when BFC was originally designing CMx2 they probably didn't anticipate any HQs with more than one Team. I believe that's a new feature with CMBS? And there just isn't space in the UI for 2 Teams and the HQ panel.
  18. All worked fine. Thank you. To summarize: Purchased and Installed 4.0 upgrade (Full Installer) - I did it "on top" of 3.12 (Base + Commonwealth modules) Then License for 4.0 upgrade activated all previous installed modules and Upgrades (For me Base + Commonwealth + V2 + V3 + V4) Repeat "Activate modules" for each new purchased modules and packs license (for me Market Garden + Vehicle Pack + Battle Pack1) Finally... Many thanks to IanL!
  19. Well, they're only hidden if you don't know about the HQ button. Some folks think it's a label. It's most useful with AFV HQs. It opens up a lot of the UI. Glad it helped. (Hidden Easter egg: if you double-click the HQ button twice (4 clicks total) in rhythm with a Frank Sousa march (I forget which one), the HQ releases a "psionic blast" which causes all enemy units within a certain radius (dependent upon the HQ's soft-factors) to surrender. It can be VERY powerful. The two double-clicks can be a bitch to get right, though.) Ken
  20. Hadn't seen that one - very well made and a good illustration.
  21. Either should be fine. Or you could rename your existing install directory and have both versions. I do this so I can continue existing PBEM games with the old version and start new ones with the new version.
  22. LOL yeah I don't recommend doing that.
  23. That's only true when playing quick battles against the computer, which, in my opinion, is a waste of time. I'm talking about playing scenarios.
  24. The reverse of that is that I usually play as the attacker vs. the AI and almost invariably it will start the game by bombarding the most obvious approach routes. So I just wait out the first few turns until I am sure where the shells are falling and then go some other way, happy to have the AI waste its artillery. Michael
  25. Always glad to bring some light into a dark corner. Michael
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