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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. Release The Game ___ Now

    My boss is a huge CM fan! (but thats because I'm self-employed). In fact, I've probably played more CMAK and CMBB at work than at home over the last few years... And I know Rune's real name mjkerner and didn't see it!
  2. Release The Game ___ Now

    OK, so fate has allotted me about 48 hours of wife- and child-less time starting in T - 6 hours. My choices are either: A) Get caught up on the pile of work at the office that needs to be done; or Immerse myself in CM:RT and ignore everything else. I can't decide which to do, hoping someone else will make the decision for me..... On another point, I don't see Rune listed in the manual credits, I hope that's because he's busy working on other Battlefront projects. Every time a new CM game comes out, I can't help but fondly reflect on the CM:AK, CM:BB and CM:BN Chicago previews.
  3. This is a surprise!!

    Nothing like visions of pixelated Germans and Russians setting each other on fire to warm my heart and make a bleak winter day bearable!
  4. Sun Bug?

    I'm playing the scenario but don't appear to be having any issues.
  5. While we are waiting

    Personally, I'm just thankful that we have a thread on the board that is virtually guaranteed to get Steve to show up and post something, even if its just 'Locking this one up'.
  6. Master Maps are Masterful!

    Yes, but I thought part of the point is that these maps can be broken up for smaller scenarios? Is there really any likelihood of playing a scenario on one of the huge maps - that doesn't seem realistic to me.
  7. Drug Wars?

    What about the opposite effect - weren't paratroopers on D-Day given airsickness pills that knocked them out or made them sleepy? Certain cold medications will absolutely floor me and make me useless for half a day - its unimaginable to be living through that while jumping out of a plane into occupied France.
  8. Yippeeeeeeeee

    There is a price point where I would not buy the next mod, but Battlefront hasn't come close to hitting it yet (unless you include Shock Force which wasn't my cup of tea and I took a pass on). Very happy with both first families at the moment - room for improvement but just like CMBO a decade + ago, as I got better at it and found good PBEM matches, the game became much more immersive and fun - the difference being that CMBO wasn't being improved like CMBN and FI are.
  9. First scenario I played upon download. Did anybody else notice that the extra road wheels 'stored' on the back of the Brumbarr were rotating when the Brumbarr was moving? I assumed they were accidentally tied in somehow to the animation of the operative road wheels.
  10. Gustav Line.

    So is this the "something nice" that was mentioned before. It certainly qualifies IMHO.
  11. What we will see the next?

    Oh I disagree very much. The Walking Dead is top notch TV - the barn scene in season 2 was an immense emotional payoff for a season that plodded a bit, but Seasons 1 and 3 have been strong. As for recent movies, 28 Days/Weeks Later were very good, and Rec/Rec 2 were outstanding. Zombieland and Shawn of the Dead were pretty funny. Dead Snow has the Nazi Zombie genre pretty well covered, too, though I'll leave it others to point out inaccuracies as to the Zombie Nazi kit (the MG42 looked pretty good to me!). World War Z is the pinnacle of Zombie literature (which is not to say that the Walking Dead graphic novels don't have their moments). I'm hopeful that the upcoming movie is worthy of the book. OK, so the zombie media market is 'saturated', sure. But not played out, IMHO, especially since the original Romero work were so campy and subject to improvement.
  12. Packup / Limbering Time for Artillery

    Take a look at the Ubique scenario if you haven't already. Similar concept - though the arty was Sextons, and the delay was caused by hedgerows and terrain - it was pretty fun.
  13. Thanks for the link, a story that warms my capitalistic small business owner's heart and that makes me want to buy more Combat Mission games.
  14. To all of you who want something for nothing

    OK, so if I'm definitely buying Market Garden, and will definitely need 2.0 for Market Garden, and the 'upgrade' for Market Garden v 2.0 is $5 for those that don't have 2.0 already, the question is whether paying $5 ($10 current cost of 2.0 - $5 less for MG when it arrives) is worth it to play CMBN and CW between now and MG... Which seems like a no-brainer, and I'm a bit chagrined to have put this much thought into $5, with the caveat that any active/regular PBEM opponents should be pretty much on the same page.
  15. Maybe I'm missing something here, but if you have the hard disc doesn't that save you from having to use up 'activations' in the event you need to reinstall the games? I've had to reinstall CMFI recently (after replacing a video card) and when I did from the physical CD I did not get asked to re-enter my activation code. Just last week I had to reinstall CMBN because something got goofed up on my system with 1.11 update and again, I did not have to use an activation code - the hard copies installed the game without having to enter the code.