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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. PAK with 150mm shells

    There's good reference material for the 37mm gun version but references to the bigger calibers are proportionately difficult to locate. I've seen perhaps one or two rather sketchy references on the 50mm version.
  2. What is that other AT weapon that (almost) does what Javelin does but a lot cheaper? Spike. I had heard a perhaps apocryphal story that Spike had been developed in US government labs in competition with Javelin in the early 80s but the US was wedded to (expensive) Javelin come hell or high water. So they basically just handed the design over to Israel. (Just 'cause I heard it doesn't mean it's true. ) Its interesting that South Korea fields both Spike (on Baengnyeong and Yeonpyeong Islands) and the Russian Metis-M. I don't know if their new Hyeongung ATGM is equivalent to Javelin or Spike.
  3. APS showed up on T55s in the CM:Afghanistan title so CM's been playing with (virtual) APS technologies for quite awhile. I've wondered about the high speed millimeter wave radars being used to detect and track incoming threats. It would probably require commanders to stay buttoned, otherwise it would be like sticking your head in a microwave oven for extended periods. I (vaguely) recall reading a report that Abrams drivers who drive with the turret reversed receive, over their career, the equivalent of a chest X-ray in additional radiation from the DU KE rounds stored just over their head.
  4. A good deal of these projects, I suspect, are not meant to be 'revolutionary advancements' but simply replacing worn-out equipment with something pragmatic and functional. You've got to replace what's falling apart with something. The higher-end stuff they're selling for export and using the proceeds to fund their own modest improvements. Indonesia is now operating the BTR-4M APC.
  5. Funny thing, typing the word arduous involves eight keyboard commands, if you include the word space after. EIGHT keyboard commands! And don't get me started on the word peripatetic - Eleven keyboard commands, including the word space after, just to describe walking around (which, admittedly is fifteen keyboard commands, including the word space after).
  6. What is going on?

    A CMx1 scenario was typically made up of some tanks, some infantry, a road, some trees, a hill. There, all done. You can of course do the same thing in CMx2 also. Try it! Its easy and fun, and the results are just as enjoyable as CMx1. Nobody told you your first map attempt had to be a historical recreation of metro Antwerp. Scenario making in CMx2 is as difficult or as easy as you make it. The CM series is not a college thesis paper assignment that you're going to be graded on. Chillax, dudes. Just have fun.
  7. Lend-Lease stuff coming soon?

    I'm a bit disappointed that nobody was wondering which Korean TV series (nominally) involved a game design company. The superhero series "Strong Woman Do Bong Soon" from earlier this year. Another (inferior) TV series that went deeper into game design (and company espionage) was "Lucky Romance" from 2016. Here's an example of why you shouldn't mess with software designers: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RQj_wxq-EVA
  8. If you're on a lower graphics setting (I can't recall which) the game automatically limits the random numbered options seen onscreen. I vaguely recall below a certain setting the game will only give you 4-5 face variants, higher setting you'll see all of them. So theoretically numbered variant uniforms on a lower graphics setting wouldn't show all of them. I'm working off old memory and haven't played with uniforms in a dog's age so take all this with a grain of salt.
  9. First thing to try is right click on the exe and go to 'Properties', see under 'Compatability' if you need to select "Run as Administrator". I've had several instances in the past where Microsoft decided they wanted an exe to run as 'Administrator' for no reason. It drove me crazy for awhile trying to figure it out. Second thing to check is if the registration permissions got deleted. Do you still have the 'Activate New Products' shortcut that came with V4 upgrade?
  10. Question about Javelin use...

    I may be entirely off-base on this but I seem to recall complaints back-in-the-day about Troops using valuable Javelin too frequently on low-priority targets. So the behavior got adjusted so they're more likely to save them for tanks. I do recall Javelin is usage different in old CMSF than it is in CMBS. This'll give be an excuse to go back and play a few battles to see what pops up.
  11. Lend-Lease stuff coming soon?

    Last week I was watching a Korean TV drama (I do like Korean TV). The male lead was a wealthy CEO of a game design firm. I had to chuckle to see they gave him an entire high-rise office tower full of employees in prime downtown Seoul real estate. Sweet gig! By comparison, BFC's CEO (is he the CEO?) chops down trees in his back lot in rural Maine for winter firewood. No downtown Seoul office towers. BFC is what you might call a 'boutique' gaming company. No vast staff, no multiple production departments, no sprawling office park accommodations, no churning out millions worth of Playstation titles. Each succeeding title, module and pack comes in its own time at its own pace. Sometimes they come quickly without problems, sometimes they don't. Yes, CMRT to war's end module with lend-lease equipment is in the queue, as is CMFI to war's end, plus CMSF2 mega-upgrade and other stuff. But there's no rushing any of it.
  12. This is an old story but I recall out of the blue 'RezExplode' abruptly stopped working. Good-old RezExplode, which is reliable as a brick! It appears Widows for no discernible reason had decided that I now had to run the exe as 'administrator'. Not knowing that, I'd click on the exe and it would fail with no hints about what happened. I went through the torments of hell before figuring out what was going on. Ain't PCs fun!
  13. I recall having the very same discussions while making the CMFB title. Comparing contemporary weather reports with scenario weather picks for the same place and same day (A lot of the heavy snow you see in famous 'Battle of the Bulge' photos actually happened after the battle was over)
  14. Th future of armour

    Thermobaric? Dropping a bomb that requires an aerosol to be released into a 150 mph windstream seem a bit... inefficient.
  15. CMSF2

    If you look in (v4 game engine) CMBS the dedicated recon vehicles with the masts and the radars, the extra radios and the fancy optic are not really optimal performers. That's because they're not made for 'tip-of-the-spear' firefights. that the game mostly does. They're supposed to discretely stand miles and miles off overlooking a distant village and doing things that are somewhat beyond the scope of the game. Trying to spot an enemy unit 100 meters away with long range optics is like trying to watch TV while peering through a soda straw. In WWII titles German tanks are at a *slight* disadvantage in close-in fighting because the gunner lacks the panoramic periscope of Allied tanks and is viewing the world through a high magnification sight.