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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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      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. Who's winning the tank war?

    Russia has a large enough army to *cause mischief*. Making a surprise grab of Estonia in the dead of night and having enough forces to dissuade anyone from thinking about retaking it. That's different, though, from trying to lay claim to everything east of the Oder river. If they can't take Mariupol I doubt they'll be able to take Poznan. Putin's dream of being emperor of all Slavic peoples needs a different strategy. If I were to *theoretically speculate*, it would probably involve subverting the governments of his opponents and installing friendly puppet regimes. Clausewitz famously said war is politics by other means. The opposite is also true - politics is war by other means.
  2. What will the next CM be?

    Here's a particularly clever scene about knocking out a Maus.
  3. You reminded me of some old CIA attempts at psy-ops from back-in-the-day. A lot were just plain embarrassing. There was that circulated faked photo of Gaddafi cross-dressing, the faked photo of Bin Laden clean shaven in a tailored suit. There was the (against Geneva Convention) humiliating photo of captured Saddam in his underwear. There was Manuel Noriega's suspicious 'teddy bear collection' presented to the press, and also the weird claim that one of Saddam's sons had a framed photo of Jenna Bush by his bedside. Oh, they also circulated a photo of the wife of a Gaddafi son in a string bikini, meant to shock his ultra-conservative follows.
  4. That pioneer bridge is less than a terrain tile wide. There's not much that could be done with it even if it was functional.
  5. BMP-1 Sand Coloring

    That's impressive. That is a vehicle that does NOT cooperate with you on recoloring. It puts up a fight. I'm impressed.
  6. Stryker vs Bradley

    In CMSF the MGS ammo loadout is 10 HE, 5, HEAT and only 2 KE. In CMBS that changes to 5 HE, 8 HEAT and 5 KE. That's because CMBS is such an unusually armor-heavy title. I don't know if there's a scenario where you're not facing Red armor of one sort on another.
  7. Rummage rummage rummage... I found reference picts. comparing M110 to L129A1. You could call it the-same-but-dfferent. The Brit version is ambidextrous.
  8. What's the Brit version of the M110 rifle? L129 I think.
  9. The original plates for the Presidio Press 'Pershing' book were lost in a fire. The second edition (which I have) was a heroic undertaking by Feist to reproduce the original down to the smallest detail. They did a commendable job
  10. Fury Movie Discussion.

    Hollywood movies are not merely judged important on their historical accuracy (though that helps a lot), they're important due to the unspoken world view, the subtext embedded within the story. I recall in the mid-2000s the Pentagon felt compelled to pay a visit to the set of '24' and asked the writers to please tone it down with the 'righteous torture' scenes. Because they were having to un-teach a lot of nasty habits being brought in by recruits who watched that show. By that measure, Fury was a vile film. The subtext of the film is "You ain't doin' war right unless you're shooting prisoners of war in the back." Not to say that it didn't happen, but the movie was promoting the notion that it should happen.
  11. Where is that darned reference on late war modifications? It detailed the modification program, provided units, dates, methods, photos and drawings. I searched high and low, from the top of the stack to the bottom. but it didn't fall into my hands, Oh well...
  12. That 76 Jumbo picture is VERY late. See that mesh screen for foliage? That's from an assembly line modification program that took place in... March(?), I believe (my sources aren't handy).
  13. Fury Movie Discussion.

    Fury struck me as a western version of those lurid WWII fantasy movies that are coming out of Russia these days. You could have stuck them in a T-34-85 and had them driving screen right-to-left instead of screen left-to-right and it would have been a typical Russian action film. Actually, the Sherman was a lend-lease diesel so they wouldn't have had to change tanks, just uniforms. None of the crew seemed particularly 'American', they were just cartoonishly broad generic types.
  14. A lot of game these days are pay-to-play. They may start out cheap but to get ammo/upgraded equipment you purchase with game tokens (real live withdrawals from your bank account). How much does it cost total to play through 'World of Tanks'? I read a single premium tank purchase can cost sixty bucks. Some players are spending hundreds a year. Heck, even Farmville sticks you with hidden fees!
  15. Originally I saw that photo in the hobby historical journal 'AFV News' Vol 24, No.1 1989. It was first printed in a 1970 article about the M22 Locust (foreground), then someone spotted the weird Shermans in the background. According to the brief article, Eisenhower asked Montgomery for 17 pounders during Normandy but Britain needed all they had so none were procured before 1945 (supposedly 160 guns). The Shermans in the photo have US '30 series' war dept numbers, .50 cal stowage brackets at the rear, and late US commanders cupolas. The article says they're remanufactured M4s. They may be VVSS suspension with grousers added. Hard to tell. I saw another article on them noting where the picture was taken but that reference in long gone.