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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. CMBS Korean Campaign: Red Dragon

    @dragonwynn Thought you might find this interesting http://nationalinterest.org/blog/the-buzz/north-koreas-105th-armored-division-kims-most-powerful-24730
  2. CMBS Korean Campaign: Red Dragon

    Fantastic Screenshots. The mods are coming along nicely. Looking forward to this...
  3. CMBS Korean Campaign: Red Dragon

    Very nice switch to UKR...looks much more authentic. Love the scenario and building mods too.
  4. CMBS Korean Campaign: Red Dragon

    But, by switching to UKR forces for the NKPA, I assume that means T-64 and T-64BV can be used...probably as close as you can get to T-62 with the CMBS engine. I agree UKR probably will be a better match for NKPA...as for terrain...if anyone has played dragonwynn's Mountains of Allah campaign (highly recommended ) I wouldn't worry about maps. They will be good. Yea ROKs have their own versions of US equip...but I think it will be close enough. The ROK K1 and K1A1 are close enough to an Abrams.
  5. CMBS Korean Campaign: Red Dragon

    Hmmmm, a community campaign? I wonder if this has ever been tried? Speaking as someone who is still trying to learn the details of map making and the intricacies of using the AI, I think this would be brilliant...a real chance for an "all-star" campaign....
  6. Well, all I can say is download and try out the Demo....it shows you everything you need to know. Then you can decide. The main advantage to these games is their almost infinite re-playability...both through Quick Battles (my personal favorite) and the huge amount of community produced scenarios and campaigns. Well worth the money...they are pretty much the only "computer" games I play.
  7. [Released] Night Vision Mode

    Oh...My....Word...how have I never seen this MOD before? This is outstanding! I normally hate night battles...ok, still hate night battles, but I will hate them a whole lot less with this mod. Especially modern night battles where I know I should be able to see things better. (Of course, being a complete knucklehead I never noticed the ALT B and ALT M options before, DUH, been playing these games for over 10 years and never noticed those,)... SO what exactly does the WAR MOVIE mode do? The manual doesn't have a lot to say...ALT B is pretty self explanatory...clearly I need to play around with these setting more...
  8. CMRT Campaign: The Last Bridge

    So playing the first scenario (yea I know, still)--Into the Crucible. WOW, the map here is totally immersive...an awesome urban combat map...I think I lost a squad or two for a minute down an alley... ...and so...much destruction. This battle (at least for now) appears to be an infantry slugfest, so I am holding my own...BUT, damn there are a lot of Russians...and they just keep coming.... I'm sure there is a nasty surprise here (a dragonwynn trademark ) ...but we shall see. Having a blast so far...gotta just keep plugging the holes.
  9. Kharkov Map Sneak Peak

    DANG that video was awesome! Can't wait to see what Campaign designers can do with that map! Thanks much.
  10. Any good books?

    Very nice...never heard of these...thanks for the recommendations.
  11. Book - Battle Hardened

    Thanks for the recommendation....
  12. Any good books?

    Eh, well, Atkinson may not be for everyone..and I definitely did not get the impression he hero worshipped Mark Clark. However, D'Este has written several great books on this theater in addition to Fatal Decision. Bitter Victory: The Battle for Sicily 1943, World War II in the Mediterranean, 1942–1945 James Holland also has a great book on the campaign from May 1944 to the end of the war called Italy's Sorrow
  13. Any good books?

    Day of Battle by Rick Atkinson is a very good one volume history.
  14. Ditto, really well done. I agree with IanL, upload those bad boys and maybe someone will turn them into an awesome scenario or QB map.
  15. CMRT Campaign: The Last Bridge

    WOW, just wow. That first map is truly a thing of urban combat beauty. Thanks very much for what looks like another magnificent campaign...so many saved @dragonwynn campaigns...so little time...