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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. CMSF2

    I resemble that remark. It took my barber longer to trim my ears today than my head. BTW, any word from Villiers Alpha on playtesting progress?
  2. Armoured Infantry

    .... The Postwar Years
  3. Agree AKD, this seems like standard issue human behavior when conditions and lack of external restraint cause moral rules to be suspended by mutual consent. Had US casualties at Fallujah been heavier, you would likely have seen some similar acts out of sight of camera crews and higher ups ("He's faking.... You're dead now, mother******!") Yet these atrocities took place side by side with acts of mercy, kindness and charity by the very same men. I highly recommend this piece to CMers (with strong stomachs) btw, for its unflinching description of the chaos of urban combat, not just the war crimes.
  4. Brutal piece here. https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/nov/21/after-the-liberation-of-mosul-an-orgy-of-killing Half an hour later, there was still no news of reinforcements. “Boys, we can’t just sit here. We will lose all our work, let’s move,” said the junior officer. “Two of you go from that side and skirt around them, and we move to the next house.” They divided up the hand grenades, and were preparing to move when the sounds of heavy machine-gun fire came from outside the entrance of the house. The door was pushed open, and 15 Iraqi army soldiers from another column stumbled into the room. “Disperse,” shouted their chubby officer. “And keep an eye on the door.” It was chaos: soldiers were shouting at their officers, and officers were refusing to obey orders radioed to them by their commander. The building they had captured earlier had been set ablaze by Isis fighters as they escaped, and two of their men had burned to death inside. They did not want a repeat of that.
  5. Ultimate Jihad-Mobiles!

    They're both in hell now, together with some other relatives.
  6. Ultimate Jihad-Mobiles!

    Hopefully, it's their fellow Muslims who hunt them down, the MNLF and (wait for it) MILF. The latter trapped and massacred 44 police SAF troopers back in 2014 when they did a raid on their turf without notice (or proper support).
  7. Ultimate Jihad-Mobiles!

    Sympathy don't enter into it. After 10 of 13 Abu Sayyafs slipped out of a daylight 'cordon' held by over 200 AFP and police troops in Bohol back in April, I was terrified hundreds of the Maute including their key leaders would likewise elope out of Marawi to keep building their forces in the hills. But it seems they either chose to stand and die, or else the AFP tightened the perimeter down properly this time and made the choice for them. Based on what I've read and heard this debacle has set the extremists back years - it is a Tet offensive level disaster. They aren't gone, sure, and will still do terrorist acts, but they can't defend an 'emirate' or secure base area anywhere, even against rival Muslim paramilitaries much less the army.
  8. CMSF2 Editor Question

    Much of Syria is not desert, so a pine tree (cedar) is entirely appropriate. 1. It would also be nice to have just a couple of modular buildings with nonflat/no access roofs. Use CMFI Mediterranean textures. 2. The barn is pretty versatile when reskinned as a thin walled warehouse / high bay structure (we can do the reskin). 3. Last don't forget the small half sized cottage! Those are ubiquitous in third world slums (again, we can reskin it). That is my bare bones plea list.
  9. Ultimate Jihad-Mobiles!

    No time for CM these days but it looks like the Maute attempt to stage "Mosul East" in Marawi failed dismally, with the trapping and death of most of their command and key combat specialists (trainers) in house to house fighting. Most notable was the near total absence of the suicide jockeys that bedeviled CTS; most of the suicide belts found turned out to be dummies. While Malay warriors are renowned for extreme acts of suicidal bravery (amok), it seems calculatedly becoming a human bomb isn't part of the code. It's about the extravagant display, not the body count. While virgins in the afterlife don't hold as much appeal in a society with relaxed sexual mores (even among Muslims). No doubt there are exceptions of course, but it was a fatal miscalculation.

    The Bunker is remanned! I was cold turkey CM free for 4 years before @Sgt.Squarehead lured me off the wagen. But engine 4. Hmm, gonna be hard to resist that one.
  11. I may be proven sadly wrong, but I don't see the Shias fighting that hard to hang on to Kirkuk, or (shattered) Mosul. The IA is nothing without Western overwatch. And the cream of the Sunni Arab travel team just perished under the ISIS banner. So in spite of the implacable hostility of all their (disunited) neighbours, the Kurds are in about as good a place today to carve out a nation state and get it recognized as they have been since the Mongols passed through.
  12. Another reason for a centralized Forum...

    Will there be any way to "bootstrap" CMSF1 maps to the new engine editor? Asking for a friend who doesn't want to spend most of 2018 totally remapping a certain Anbar city....
  13. Ultimate Jihad-Mobiles!

    The wonderful ingenuity of the Pinoy (alas combined all too often with total lack of practicality). https://rhk111smilitaryandarmspage.wordpress.com/2017/07/23/the-wooden-armored-vehicles-of-marawi/#more-6284 Perhaps *not* rolling into tight quarters like this might help some. Presumably the ordnance loads also later ended up as IEDs.
  14. Ultimate Jihad-Mobiles!

    ... Just kidding, here's a few from my neck of the woods. Not jihadi rides though... those are mostly Mk-I flip flops, with a few Hiluxes and here and there. Yup, that's Philippine rush hour all right... M113 chopper refits. ... Hey, waddya know. Ok finally found a Maute technical. Nothing exotic, other than the M2 50 cal mount. Most of their weapons come from AFP stockpiles, sold off by corrupt pricks....