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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:

      -showui

      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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      Forum Reorganization   10/12/2017

      We've reorganized our Combat Mission Forums to reflect the fact that most of you are now running Engine 4 and that means you're all using the same basic code.  Because of that, there's no good reason to have the discussion about Combat Mission spread out over 5 separate sets of Forums.  There is now one General Discussion area with Tech Support and Scenario/Mod Tips sub forums.  The Family specific Tech Support Forums have been moved to a new CM2 Archives area and frozen in place. You might also notice we dropped the "x" from distinguishing between the first generation of CM games and the second.  The "x" was reluctantly adopted back in 2005 or so because at the time we had the original three CM games on European store shelves entitled CM1, CM2, and CM3 (CMBO, CMBB, and CMAK).  We didn't want to cause confusion so we added the "x".  Time has moved on and we have to, so the "x" is now gone from our public vocabulary as it has been from our private vocabulary for quite a while already.  Side note, Charles *NEVER* used the "x" so now we're all speaking the same language as him.  Which is important since he is the one programming them

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  1. 2 points
    ASL Veteran

    Finding other players

    Either 'The Blitz' or 'A Few Good Men' would be good sites for finding opponents. I think they both have ladder games, but you can have casual games at both sites as well. If someone wants a ladder game they will usually specify that they want a ladder game when looking for an opponent.
  2. 2 points
    IanL

    Target Armour Arc and Assault Guns

    This is not just a workaround but good SOP. Using a face command is a order the TC will try to get the driver to follow. If something dangerous or juicy shows up while they are executing that order the dance of death (or missed opportunity) can result: where the AFV is conflicted between the ordered face command and engaging the target. It used to be really bad where neither would happen. Now they at least finish the first engagement and then go back to the face order but that is still pretty inconvenient a lot of the time. I try to setup my move orders so that AFVs end up naturally pointing in the direction I think is best. That way once they arrive the TC is free to engage whatever is there or shows up without any conflicting orders.
  3. 2 points
    Ivanov

    This guy is worth a watch

    Nah - while I appreciate his efforts, the video is full of errors and he comes to the wrong conclusions. You have to be very careful with all those Youtube prophets. While invading the Soviet Union in 1941, Hitler wasn't that preoccupied with oil as the author suggests. Hitler was formed by the WW1 experience of hunger caused by the naval blockade, so his main goal was to create an agrarian empire. So he was mainly going for the black earth of Ukraine. At the beginning of Barbarossa, Hitler's main objective was not Caucasus but Leningrad. Then in the second place Ukraine and Caucasus and on the third place Moscow. The 2nd Panzergruppe was turned south not to capture Caucasus but to liquidate the Soviet forces around Kiev ( which was a sound decision ). As to the 4 months fuel stocks theory, the operation Barbarossa failed not because the Germans ran out fuel. Actually none of the major German defeats like Moscow, Stalingrad, Kursk, Ukraine 43 or Bagration was caused by this reason. The main reason why Germany lost the war, was that Wehrmacht bled to death in the Eastern Front and eventually got defeated by the Red Army. The oil shortages were severely affecting German war waging capabilities from the second half of 1944, when the war was already lost. As to the inability to access the the main world oil sources of USA, Wenezuela, Middle East and Soviet Union, it meant that the Third Reich never had a chance to win a global war, but the reasons why they actually lost, were different.
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  5. 1 point
    The two ford closest to the bridges are "shallow fords" and can be crossed by both vehicles and infantry, the two outer fords are "deep fords" and so only infantry can use them. P
  6. 1 point
    Haiduk

    An der Schönen Blauen Dnjepr scenario

    Give me some ash, I will sprinkle my head %) ... Emmm... Where is shame smile here?
  7. 1 point
    Michael Emrys

    This guy is worth a watch

    Check. I agree. Now this is the part I don't get. Why is oil singled out as the causative factor in Germany's inability to match American production? Germany's prewar automotive industry was never a match for the US and did not have the other industries that could be converted to the production of tanks, APCs (in this era usually halftracks), and trucks and other miscellaneous vehicles required by a modern mechanized army. Michael
  8. 1 point
    Here's what I am thinking now. BFC has chosen not to model the effects of long-term sleep deprivation. They just didn't try to go there. Instead, what they are modeling is the more or less temporary effect of greater than normal exertion. They are winded after running up a hillside in hot weather while perhaps carrying heavy equipment or something of the sort. Recovering from that only takes a few or many minutes, depending on how deep that weariness extends, but it does not effect judgement and perception the way that sleep deprivation does. Sleep deprivation, especially if prolonged, is a different animal. It does effect performance and is not much effected by just taking a breather. In short, troops are not apt to show any recovery during the course of a CM game. For better or worse, it simply is not modeled in CM. We can argue over whether or not it should be present, but as usual, I expect BFC to keep its own council on this issue. Michael
  9. 1 point
    IICptMillerII

    Best CM Game?

    All of them
  10. 1 point
    I don't understand the childish downplaying. What is the purpose of this comment? And this? I think you have a great point John. A fatigue feature which affects more than just running speed would come with a very welcome yet drastic change in gameplay.
  11. 1 point
    Bozowans

    This guy is worth a watch

    Ok, watch this video: This is a seminar by the same guy who wrote "The First War for Oil: The Caucasus, German Strategy, and the Turning Point of the War on the Eastern Front, 1942." That was written in 2016, and he wrote his Ph.D dissertation on this, so he's not just some internet Youtube guy. I found it to be pretty interesting. He's a specialist in energy geopolitics and served as a historian with the US State Department and US Central Command. He argues that yes, Germany lost mainly due to oil, and the turning point of the war was not Stalingrad, not Moscow in 1941, or anything like that, but that Germany lost the war right when it was winning -- in the middle of 1940, when Britain refused to surrender and end the blockade. WW2 was an industrialized war of production, not of manpower. In fact, the numbers between the Allies and Axis were not really all that different. But comparing the economies between Germany and both the US, Britain and the Soviet Union, it is by no means a contest of equals. It's like comparing an 800 lb gorilla with a chimpanzee. It was never going to be a fair fight in any way. I thought it was pretty common knowledge that the Allies were able to massively out-produce the Germans, producing several times the number of tanks, planes, artillery shells, ships, and so on. Why? Oil. Germany was, of course, a mostly horse-drawn infantry army and had relatively tiny numbers of tanks. From June 1941 to the beginning of 1943, what weapon did the Soviets massively increase production of more than anything else? Mortars. Because they were facing an army of mostly infantry and didn't feel the need to massively increase production of tanks and anti-tank weapons, because the Germans were never able to produce tanks in significant numbers (because of, again, oil). The Germans had loads of men already. Nazi Germany was one of the most militarized countries in all of human history. When looking at it in terms of oil, it's remarkable that the Germans managed to even last as long as they did, but this was because of their synthetic fuel plants. They allowed the Germans to fight the war, to tread water so to speak, but not to win it. When those were bombed to oblivion in 1944, Nazi Germany collapsed along with it.
  12. 1 point
    HerrTom

    Stryker vs Bradley

    An important thing to distinguish is that a MRR also has an engineering battalion attached that can bridge that secured bridgehead with MT-55s and TMMs carrying pontoon bridges in an hour. So their range extends by the (admittedly limited) throughput of those light bridges. Presumably the next mission would be to capture the nearest real bridge!
  13. 1 point
    Mainly general behaviors, tactics and "story telling". Gear is mostly in order (though I wonder what this Luger wielding german offiver guy is meant to present), since actors appear to be hired from local german reenactor group I think. Though I´ve seen some way more professional UK and US groups who at least mastered the basic drills of the time. These films look simply like some youngsters playing war in the park. I lack time (and interest) to go deeper into detail with these short films, but considering this young group of filming students is not specialised in making WW2 films (they do various other topics as well), one does not need to take it all that serious. https://www.paralightworx.de/
  14. 1 point
    BletchleyGeek

    This guy is worth a watch

    No worries @Lethaface that comment wasn't directed at you. The push onto Moscow was motivated by one big assumption: that the grip Stalin and his clique had on the Soviet Union would loosen up and disorganise the war effort. That wasn't a far fetched idea entirely. In Glantz's Stumbling Colossus it is discussed to great extent that the NKVD had about 1 million personnel deployed throughout the Soviet Union, in a variety of tasks, from beating the bush for conscripts (draft evasion was pretty massive in some areas of the Soviet Union) to policing "wreckers" (anybody showing some sort of discontent). Those security troops stayed in place throughout the worst of 1941... so one can tell that Stalin was worried about something untoward happening. But he was paranoid and maybe just imagining an opposition which I think it would have been hard to exist after 5 or 6 years of purges. On the other hand, would it have been possible for the Germans to get over the Red Army and on to Moscow with two or three weeks more available? Maybe, but AGC was weakened and needed rest and refit anyways. Would have that toppled the Soviet Union? Probably not, but it may have weakened it enough so as to create the conditions for an armistice. The "diversion" to the Ukraine was borne out of necessity. The Red Army had managed to bog down the push of AGC, and it was necessary to reorganise, replenish and consolidate the lines of communication. The pigheaded resistance of the Southwestern Front along the Dnepr created the conditions to dislocate the two main groupings of the Red Army (around Vyazma and Kiev), and eliminate the southern one. Distracting the freshest formations of AGC to strike, and help the AGS - which was suffering also a bit trying to get a bridgehead over the Dnepr - was less of a gamble than to press on. David Stahel's first book on this matter was very illuminating. Afterwards I think he got a bit too distracted by the anecdote of the experience of the German soldiers and lost sight of the scope. But that's personal assessment.
  15. 1 point
    Doc844

    This guy is worth a watch

    He read Liddell Harts transcripts and examined detailed notes of his from when he carried out training exercises in regards to the use of 'armour'. So no Guderian didnt conceive the idea he just built on the original idea.
  16. 1 point
    Badger73, The issue was whether Fatigue in the game affected spotting and shooting performance. Tests showed it doesn't, which was highly counterintiitive based on what I've read in hundreds of accounts and a few things I've heard from combat veterans, too. This caused me to find evidence real world fatigue, let alone broken sleep on top of sleep deprivation, has all sorts of effects not presently modeled in CM but which would appear to be highly germane to a combat sim. I'm arguing that such known and identified fatigue effects should be reflected in the game, especially given what we now know about their impact even on a firing range with none of the other factors I named earlier in effect. Believe this is a perfectly valid argument to make here in order to perhaps prompt further discussions (and maybe code tweaks) of what seems to me to be somerthing of real significance in modeling combat dynamics properly. Regards, John Kettler
  17. 1 point
    For the accuracy test I did multiple runs with first a rifle squad and then a sniper team firing at an infantry targets at various test ranges. Each test condition was repeated 5 times. The tests were broken up as follows; Fatigued vs Rested at 100m ,200m, 300m +2 Leadership vs -2 Leadership at 100m ,200m, 300m +2 Motivation vs -2 Motivation at 100m ,200m, 300m +2 Fitness vs -2 Fitness at 100m ,200m, 300m Elite vs Conscript at 100m ,200m, 300m The only soft factor which consistently affects accuracy is experience. Similar results were found when testing for spotting.
  18. 1 point
    Sulomon

    New features curiosity

    I haven't come across anything ingame that suggests it might not be 1:1 for soldiers and whatnot.
  19. 1 point
    Sgt.Squarehead

    This guy is worth a watch

    You don't think the fact that the war was fought largely on Soviet territory might have affected those casualty figures at all? I'm pretty sure that if the Wehrmacht had been marching across New-England or the Japanese were in California US losses would have been considerably higher.
  20. 1 point
    Mad Addy always considered the western part of the old Russian Empire as a "bread basket" for German "Lebensraum". Hence his emphasis on it's importance. Also, the plonker thought that he "only had to kick in the door for the whole edifice to come crashing down" i.e. the war in the East would be over by the autumn of '41, and there would be no reason to capture the southern oil fields as they would pass to him on the surrender he envisaged. The need for more oil than he could get from Romania only came after the Russian counter-attack in the winter of '41/42. As the old saying goes, never trust a man who spends all his time in Bierkellers, and only drinks mineral water.
  21. 1 point
    It won't end well.
  22. 1 point
    Michael Emrys

    This guy is worth a watch

    Exactly. While he seems to have gotten better as he has gained experience in this field, his earlier efforts are hobbled by all the things he doesn't know. This leads him to make shallow and misguided conclusions at times. As is sometimes said of books about the war, these shows are okay as an introduction to their subjects for those new to them, but should not be relied on as an authority. Michael
  23. 1 point
    IICptMillerII

    This guy is worth a watch

    No, he specifically states that Germany had always suffered from a lack of oil, and it was this critical lack of a fuel source that hamstrung them. He doesn't make broad generalizations about resources, only how a lack of available and accessible oil reserves severely limited Germany's ability to wage mechanized war, which is true. This is a contradiction. If his main goal was Ukraine, then why weren't all efforts devoted there? Why was it supposedly second on his list if it was his main concern? Unless you are disputing all the various sources that state the opposite, this is unfounded. Germany had a very limited reserve of fuel from the beginning. He goes through everything, showing why Germany could only support the small amount of mechanized divisions it had, and why many were trying to reduce that number even more. They had no fuel reserves in 41, nevermind 44. This is a gross over-generalization that isn't even true until post-Stalingrad. No good deed goes unpunished. Believe what you wish, I'm washing my hands of this thread.
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  25. 1 point
    Bulletpoint

    Sulomon vs Sid: A Quick Battle AAR

    Cheers to that. That's how we all learn
  26. 1 point
    c3k

    The patch?

    Bah. The spirit of the offense can overcome that HE. Willpower, my good man, willpower.
  27. 1 point
    Sorry to take so long to look at this. I loaded up the saved campaign on my 'full 4.0 installation' of CMBN and was able to play it for 28 minutes without issue (saved the game at that point). I played the game in a fairly passive manner, not issuing a lot of or detailed commands. I played this on a PC with Windows 7 64-bit and an i5 2500k with 16GB of RAM and a GeForce GTX 770 video card (with NOT the latest drivers). Everything played fine and I even played it twice; the first time for about 6 minutes before quitting the game... I had forgotten when exactly you were experiencing the crashing, so I had to load it up again and play for a bit longer to make sure I was duplicating the issue. This install should have been a '4.0 full' installer, but I can double-check on another installation that I'm fairly certain would also be that.
  28. 1 point
    Thewood1

    Combat in woods - clip from TV series

    I will say this, its not quantity that counts. JK posts a lot of stuff, but not all useful. It seems to come in waves where he is literally 80% of the top 10-15 posts on any given forum. Some of it game-related, some not. When you take the approach of quantity over quality, you are going to get dinged by people eventually. Frankly, I don't think I have looked at a JK-started post in years. I have given this advice in the past to JK...when you stumble across something using that great tool called google, wait 24 hours and then revisit it and see if its still something useful. And I mean useful, versus just interesting to you.
  29. 1 point
    You'd be surprised. Some lefties play wargames too
  30. 1 point
    Very interesting. No fat re-enactors this time. Thanks!
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