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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. How to use mortar halftracks?

    The reason we frown upon statements like this because... They lead to more. Knock it off. Steve
  2. Who's winning the tank war?

    Weapons purchases have almost always been about politics more than anything else because it's one of the few ways countries have some sort of leverage over the larger nations. Anybody think countries are warm to strong relations with the current US administration? Plus, the Soviet Union and Russia has always shown its willingness to sell anything to nearly anybody that can come up with cash or barter for their weapons. The US is far more fickle in that it sometimes supplies arms without care (Saudi Arabia's war against Yemen) and sometimes it doesn't (military aide to Pakistan). I also think it's probable that a subsidized arms purchase from Russia is cheaper to maintain over the long haul than a subsidized US purchase. Couple that with the uncomfortable truth that the soldiers of most of these nations are horribly ineffective no matter what they armed with (Iraq is a prime example), why spend lavishly on a military equipment if they aren't willing to invest in the people that operate them? Steve
  3. "6,000,000 carrying arms"

    Are you sure you want to keep posting here? We have no patience for Holocaust Deniers, neo-Nazis, or similar types. There are plenty of other forums that cater to that sort of thing, and this is absolutely not one of them. So I'm giving you two weeks of time to think about your future postings carefully. Steve
  4. Thanks, Steve, for your clear statement in the recent RT discussion!

  5. Soviet Tank Tactics 1945

    I'm closing this up because it's only going to get worse. Blaming refugees for the Bundeswehr's budget problem is equivalent to arguing that the only reason we haven't colonized Mars by now is because of all the money white people have to spend on sunscreen lotion. Since everybody posting here by definition has access to the Internet, there's no excuse for horrific levels of ignorance about a topic so easily researched as the state of the Bundeswehr and NATO's chronic under funding of its military. But Bulletpoint was spot on when he said: Steve
  6. Tactical Lifehack

    For the record, it is fine for people to be critical of the advice being made here. It is also fine to be critical of Olek for not addressing issues brought up by other posters. It's even fine to point out that Olek hasn't shown how his advice works in real gameplay. None of that is a problem since that's what discussion forums are for. Sock puppets and abusive postings, however, are not. I've had to ban two people (well, probably the same person) already and it's been probably a year or more since I've banned even one account. Hopefully we can keep the critical discussion focused on the advice and not cause me to log into the backend and kick people off the Forum. Steve
  7. Tactical Lifehack

    I just banned IICptJoeII for 4 abusive posts out of 4 total. And all in one thread too. Polite golf clap. This is a message to the children out there who are distracting me from doing useful things like, well, pretty much anything. I'm going to keep coming here and I'm going to keep banning people for gross violations of the User Agreement that governs the behavior on this Forum. Like your Mother should have told you, if you don't have anything nice to say... say nothing at all. If this thread bothers you so much, then do a very simple thing and DON'T READ IT. You are not the content police. Steve
  8. Tactical Lifehack

    I just banned SergeantSpook because it's pretty apparent it's a sock puppet account, which is a violation of the rules. Not to mention that for only having 2 posts, 1 attacking a member and another trying to provoke a negative reaction isn't a good track record. I've got better things to do with my time than police childish behavior. Steve
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      (Also.... FIRST!)

  10. Tactical Lifehack

    You did not call him names, neither did Cpt Miller. But I got the sense you were trying to get your point home by humiliating him. I "rewrote" what you said to show that you can be direct and not beat-around-the-bush without going down that path. I should have been a bit more clear in my response to both you and Cpt Miller. Neither of you have crossed a solid line, but you're drifting towards doing that. Too many times I've seen advice police decide it's their task to save the world from someone's postings and it often gets very nasty. I am simply trying to head that off before it goes down that route. There's no need for it to go there even if you choose to take a critical position. I appreciate your help with keeping things from going downhill. Steve
  11. Tactical Lifehack

    The above is fine, but then things go a bit off the rails... This is not necessary. If you wish to take on the role of Advice Police, please keep in mind that you don't need to be nasty about it. Your first comment was fine, so you do know how to do it the right way. While I do think offering constructive criticism of someone's efforts, I don't feel that an attempt at humiliation isn't really all that constructive. You could have made the same point for those reading this thread in a different way. For example: "I appreciate that Olek is interested in sharing knowledge of how to play CM, based on my PBEM game I've concluded that his advice is based suited to single player QB mode rather than playing against a Human Player. I observed numerous deficiencies in how he handled his forces and was able to repeatedly get the better of him in tactical engagements resulting in me achieving a Total Victory over him". If your mission is to advise people, what I wrote did that and didn't go about calling him names in the process. Just something to ponder. Steve P.S. the results of that game don't look like you wiped the floor with him, even if he didn't achieve his objectives. Since I don't care, I don't really care... just saying
  12. OK, so let me understand this thread. Totally out of context statements made with out of context data trying to establish an out of context point of view which is then, when successfully challenged as such, is then supported by a completely off topic point which is also out of context. Do I have that right? Good. I'll lock this one up then Though one comment of my own that I didn't see mentioned in this thread. Cities in Syria were not pristine cities before the US lobbed HE into them. Nope, most were already hollowed out pretty damned well by years of civil war fighting which, most experts agree, could not have been possible without the direct military aid of Russia and Iran. Oh, and a second comment. If anybody wants to try and mount a high moral horse, I think they should examine what the cities look like in the Syrian regime's sector. Barrel bombs, cluster bombs, and white phosphorus do a fair amount of damage, don't they? Though I will admit that the use of chemical weapons is easier on civilian structures even if it is worse on civilians. So I guess points to Russia and her allies for saving some infrastructure even though it's against the Geneva Convention? Steve
  13. A few days ago one of our testers brought it to our attention that one of the most consistent and durable names in wargame reviewing died in January. Despite the speed of the Internet, the news took until last week to come out. According to what little info we've seen, James (Jim) Cobb succumbed to the flu along with his wife. An official obituary and some details of his life can be seen here: http://www.cremationsociety-wi.com/obituary/James-Dennis-Cobb/Madison-WI/1781618 Grogheads posted this tribute to him to round out coverage of his time on this Earth a bit more: http://grogheads.com/news/17409 I've known of James since the days I was doing the corporate gaming gig in the mid 1990s when I did a phone interview with him. Over the years he's certainly kept up with what we've done at Battlefront and given us fair coverage. Here's the last interview I did with him back when Final Blitzkrieg came out. http://www.wargamer.com/articles/james-cobb-sits-down-with-battlefront/ I have to say I know the difference between good, insightful questions which draw out good information and questions that are boilerplate or not well thought out. James definitely put good questions on the table. RIP, James. Steve
  14. Black Sea II

    Nah, this is mild. Go back and read threads where people were seriously trying to have us believe that Ukrainian "separatists" were getting their T-90s from eBay, not Mother Russia. Ah, fun times! Obviously this thread is not going to straighten out, so I'm closing it. Steve
  15. Black Sea II

    This is all very interesting (seriously, my degree is in history so I'm not being snide!) but totally off topic. Kindly go back to the on topic points of this thread or I'll let it rest in peace Steve