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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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    BACON, military history-particularly WWII and Civil War history, reading thrillers, BBQ, and, of course, CM.
    Former Naval Flight Officer...but read more military than naval history...what's up wid dat?

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  1. Any good books?

    Day of Battle by Rick Atkinson is a very good one volume history.
  2. 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.
  3. 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...
  4. Yea, I saw that pitch for CM:Fulda Gap...damn, I'd buy that...you could make a whole campaign based off of Team Yankee...
  5. CMRT Campaign: The Last Bridge

    Heh, I am very much looking forward to what you might cook up for CMSF2.....
  6. CMRT Campaign: The Last Bridge

    All of his stuff is just awesome. I have an in progress @dragonwynn campaign on nearly all my games. They are uniformly infuriating and excellent at the same time. However, one question, oh great campaign maker...do you not own CMFI? I don't think I've ever seen a CMFI campaign? Just wondering....
  7. Naughty or nice... here's some bones!

    Keeping in mind of course that when BFC ported CMSF1 over to the Mac, they offered the total bundle to all us Mac guys for about $55 which was a bargain I happily paid after spending almost $100 for the PC game and modules. So, yea, I am very excited about this. If you like CMBS, trust me, you will like this game as well...I mean, now it's almost a historical game with all the Iraq and Afghanistan based content...and mods.
  8. Naughty or nice... here's some bones!

    New QB system (my personal favorite)...improved Engine...almost ALLLL the CMSF content to play...yea the same equipment and such, but I think there will be enough new game play to make it worth it. And maybe some new scenarios and campaigns from our trusty group of designers. I actually bought CMSF twice (once for PC when I had to use Bootcamp on my MAC and then the full Mac version) WELL worth the price twice. It's in my top 3 CM titles.
  9. Naughty or nice... here's some bones!

    WOOOHOOOO, love it. Getting rid of the ol' CMSF QB selection will be worth it alone. That was by far my biggest complaint about an otherwise awesome game.
  10. Porting Maps

    I have a large group of CMFI QB maps that were ported over to CMBS...and also a pretty good group of CMFB QB maps. but only a couple of CMBN...as I recall there were a LOT of unique features (bridges, etc) in the CMBN MG and CW modules that made those very tricky to port...also lots of CMRT maps ported to CMBS too...those are at least the same basic geography.
  11. Need an Advice

    Yes, I HIGHLY recommend the Stalingrad mod...the team that built that did a fantastic job. AND, dragonwynn made an awesome campaign (Rattenkrieg) to go with it.
  12. The first post of this topic provides all the answers! Good new stuff (YES)...before Christmas (PROBABLY NOT)...worth the wait (OH, HELL YES)
  13. Do you have any OTHER mods loaded? That could be the cause as well. With a MOD set the size of Stalingrad you might try removing any other mods you have and see if that helps. OR Take out the Stalingrad mods completely and see if maps and scenarios load. They may not look right, but that should definitely tell you if the MOD is causing the crashing issue.
  14. @demian Yes, your Stalingrad mods folder matches mine. I assume your Umlauts probably does. Can you get other Stalingrad mod scenarios to open? Is just that master map causing the crash?
  15. Yes, I have CMRT with Eng 4 and the Stalingrad Mod installed. It opens up my scenarios fine and I was able to open my saved game of dragonwynn's awesome Rattenkrieg campaign.