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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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  1. The most enjoyable campaigns are branching ones, where 1) you can choose between different courses of action for the next mission - this goes some way to providing an operational feel, 2) a win or a loss will send you to different follow-on missions - so if a mission is too hard and you lose you can get an easier one next so one doesn't have to replay just to win (I hate having to do that) and 3) requires conservation of men, materiel and ammo - so you have to win "economically" as there is a "tomorrow". But yes, the above requires a huge amount or work to design. That's why many of us are happy to pay BF for campaigns professionally developed by designers who understand all the tricks of the very complex CM editor.
  2. You know that I have only best wishes for BF. I hope that they have govt contracts that are keeping them solvent while they produce entertainment for us. But, I have been playing versions of CM for almost 20(!!) years now. That's VERY successful and a VERY long time for a game that covers more or less the same topics. CM has been a phenomenon. It's sad to see that activity on this site is now very low compared to a few years ago. There are very few of us making nearly all the posts. A whole generation of very well known CM enthusiasts who greatly improved past games with mods and scenarios have completely disappeared. Just look at how the number of user-made scenarios and mods has plummeted with each new release. I certainly hope we'll get to see the whole of WW2 simulated per BF's plan. But, how many years can an essentially early 2000's game system survive? 25 years? 30 years? How old will some of us be by the time we get the 1939/40 era? And how complex will the update procedure be when there are 20-30+ games in the family? I very much hope that BF will give the entire CM system a full conceptual redesign in the not too distant future.
  3. Generally BF goes quiet when they are rushing to complete a new release. My regular fear is that this niche game is running out of steam with declining customer base dispersed over more and more separate titles (and forums) with fewer and fewer people playing each title (or posting on the forums).
  4. My campaign folder contains only 7 CMFB campaigns. If someone has something other than the following I would also like to know: Bastogne Plus BulgePlusOne Courage Conquers KG Peiper Knock Em All Down Road to Bastogne Training Campaign
  5. A definite improvement for graphics. Hope you get this polished and ready for use.
  6. FWIW am playing Grigsby's WITPAE to give my brain some R&R from CM2 for a bit...
  7. All good suggestions. cf: "With highly asymmetrical forces, the best one player could do is to delay, but that's not really a lot of fun from the player's perspective." I disagree with this. All the designer has to do is make one of the major objectives to be conservation or force and/or ammo. That makes any type of mission challenging and interesting, regardless whether it is vs uncon or conventional forces. Also, we need to define whether we are talking H2H or vs AI. Much easier to get enjoyment in asymmetric situations when vs AI. When H2H it's easy for one player to get fed up. Probably it's H2H situations where one sees the clamor for "balance".
  8. +1 An op layer would breathe new life into the CM series. Recon vehicles are all but useless currently and tend to get used as supporting light armor - which doesn't seem correct since they were specialized troops. It's almost as if one needs to have the recon units "disappear" from the map after they have accomplished recon objectives - and then the main assault units take over. In the meanwhile, all one can do is use the largest possible maps which give some reason for vehicular recon. I vaguely recall a couple of scenarios like that in the early days of CMBN - one spent a lot of scenario time probing enemy positions b4 major reinforcements arrived and one embarked on an assault.
  9. Wonderful video of what MOUT is like - probably best I have seen. But, has this been broadcast on CNN? All I see I on CNN is them going on about Trump seemingly 24 hours a day - like nothing else is happening in the world.
  10. For an inf unit the only choice is TARGET or TARGET LIGHT. You can set an armor arc if you want any unit to only fire at armored (vehicular) units. The rest is up to the (AI) initiative of the unit.
  11. Discovered Philip K Dick when I was a teenager and his concepts blew my mind. Amazing that it took about 35 years for his ideas to become fairly common these days in movies and TV.
  12. amazing to think you did that 5 years ago... We while away lifetimes just on this one game system. But, for people wanting Pacific Theatre, this is 90% there. Just need to bring the uniforms and some of the buildings (and maybe the stone bunkers) up to latest version. The desert island terrain and wood bunkers look great. Maybe repost on CMBN forums and see if anyone else want to do the extra modding needed? BTW: What were the bridge sections stuck in the lagoon supposed to be modded as?
  13. Thanks... I'd forgotten ab9out that. Altho' that was US troops. Was hoping for Pakistan vs India or somesuch. (Otherwise, why was a Pakistan uniform mod made?)
  14. FWIW after doing some CMSF housecleaning was amazed to discover how many mod sets were created for CMSF to simulate the following forces or situations: AL NUSRA; FSA; A LIWA AL ISLAM; SAA; SYRIA; IRAQ; AFRICA; AFGHANISTAN; PAKISTAN(!); TWILIGHT 2000... Don't recall any scenarios for Pakistan. Anyone have any?
  15. AIW and Fulda Gap seem like by far the most obvious and popular CM2 choices for new titles. Since those aren't on the horizon I wouldn't think anything else has any chance at all. Actually am a bit surprised we've heard nothing from BF for a while. Is it just my impression or are the regular contributors and the rate of postings on these forums slowly melting away? Even the last mod posted to CMMODS was over a month ago. Hope all goes ok at BF and they are busy working on some lucrative govt contract.