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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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Everything posted by Vergeltungswaffe

  1. Finally committed

    Absolutely. I hope we get 40-42 in the desert somewhere down the road. I loved CMAK with early war tanks and AC's shooting and missing, a lot, at long ranges.
  2. Mike Duplessis is MikeyD. Don't know about this author.
  3. First "White Tiger" and now this craziness.

    Despite their Asian appearance, they're clearly Finns.
  4. CMBS Korean Campaign: Red Dragon

    I prefer the Bee Gees because the rhythm is so perfect.
  5. RT Unofficial Screenshot Thread

    I so wanted him to make it. My opponent was really glad to put paid to him after what he'd done.
  6. RT Unofficial Screenshot Thread

    In nearly 18 years of CM, I've never had quite this situation develop, but it was funny. After heroically destroying 3 Su-76M's with the Schreck and grenades, this landser and his partner shot it out with some Soviet crewmen. His partner went down, but they got all the crew. When the schreck tried to displace, he bumped into a Soviet ATR gunner. Fritz was quick on the draw and fired twice, but missed. He tried to hook it around the corner of the building, but the ATR gunner put a big slug in him.
  7. In combat, situational awareness sometimes becomes clouded and things happen. These vehicles bunched up in Syria and paid the price. and these 13 Churchill tanks of the 107th Regiment RAC (King's Own) managed to all get knocked out in a clump during a battle on the Orne in August 1944. Sometimes things happen in combat and sometimes things happen that weren't what scenario designers intended. But the first company to make an AI that approaches the challenge of playing against a human being in a tactical combat game will be unspeakably rich.
  8. Black Sea II

    True, we broke the Soviet Union that way.
  9. Happy New Year's Day! 2018 look ahead

    But BFC has surprised us with things over the past few years too, so maybe something for BS will show up during 2018.
  10. M60 MBT Modifications Opinions

    Definitely not. Not sure I know anyone that doesn't have a CHP and pack.
  11. Try doing this in ANY WW II CMx2 game

    And how many other distractions were in action around it? The German armor didn't just ignore a lone ATG that wasn't dug in.
  12. I'm definitely hoping for TO&E tweaks like this.
  13. Fire in the future?

  14. Naughty or nice... here's some bones!

    I only see T-34/85's
  15. How accurate *is* CMBS?

    Modern weapon systems are extremely lethal. Using cover (not just concealment thanks to IR sights etc) is very important. The WWII recon/spotting rules are even more imperative here. Never send a team anywhere a scout hasn't been. Never send a squad anywhere a team hasn't been. Never send a platoon anywhere a squad hasn't been. Never send a vehicle anywhere infantry hasn't been and so on. To me the immersion is in taking it very slow. Giving your troops time to spot potential targets and then dealing with them in the sneakiest possible way. Keeping casualties to an absolute minimum (in pbem or vs the AI) is satisfying imho.
  16. Combat Mission: Pacific Storm

    US troops with Shermans and BAR's crushed German troops with Panthers and MG-42s, so,...yeah.
  17. Combat Mission: Pacific Storm

    plus the P-51H and P-47N were ready to be mass produced if needed.
  18. M-26 Pershing..Super Pershing ??

    How about an actual picture.
  19. Combat Mission: Pacific Storm

    RT+FB with full end of the war TOE's. Yes, yes, a thousand times yes.
  20. Combat Mission: Pacific Storm

    I don't think it would be a big seller, but I just remember Steve making the statement that they create games based on what they like, so I feel like the Pacific just never made it up the list.
  21. Combat Mission: Pacific Storm

    One thing is that they make games about subjects that interest them and apparently tactical ground combat in the Pacific has never really been high on their list.
  22. Happy New Year's Day! 2018 look ahead

    Ah to dream. I've been hoping for this since Steve teased it a couple years ago or more. Would so love to see the whole E series.
  23. Happy New Year's Day! 2018 look ahead

    All 3 of those are things I've really wanted. 2018 is looking to be another really good CM year.