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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. AoD Ladder: Rules and Scoreboard

    The game Amona-Ludi ended long ago with 1 point victory for Amona (Axis).
  2. AoD Ladder: Rules and Scoreboard

    A while ago, I reported my game against Ludi1867 as finished with a 1 point victory for me (axis).
  3. With too much free time, I am searching for opponents again. AOD 1.03.1, prefer to play Allies. I am quite experienced, but of only moderate skill. If interested, send your first turn to: kliomene@gmx.de Options: hard builds ON everything else up to you.
  4. In a singler player game of AOD 1939 world at war as Axis, I came upon the following: In May 1942, Allied AI oprated a strat.bomber of US to the US mines on the bottom of the map in the Pacific, and in June bombed the Jap mines there. At this moment the game crashed. I can provide the save game file.
  5. AoD v1.03.1 Hotfix

    Solved the problem it seems.
  6. AoD v1.03.1 Hotfix

    Hi Hubert. Seems I am to stupid to install the hotfix. I followed your instructions, but instead of installing the exe just makes a new folder of AOD inside my AOD installation with the exe. What am I doing wrong? The hotfix is definitly not installed, as I keep getting file read errors from opponnts turns.
  7. Assault on Democracy Ladder

    Game begun: PGTomli (Axis) - Amona (Allies) now in January 1940.
  8. I experienced the same in a single ladder game. There, supply of AXis units is 0 to 2 and readiness/ morale still over 100. Incidentally, I never experienced this before in any other SC game. Strangely, StratLays and my game are against the same opponent. I dont think it is a balance issue. I think it has to do with fair play. Enough said.
  9. An afterthought on island hopping: Maybe if naval and ambhib supply would somehow be tied to distance from a friendly base. Any thoughts?
  10. 1. Agree with Catacol about Paras and London. 2. I didnt demand to reduce Jap fleet, rather to enlarge US allowable carrier builds. (But not with land attacks by carriers in mind. Actually its quite hard to kill a jap unit with high AD tech in Tokyo or Seoul by carrier air. In my game against Clausewitz, I attacked Tokyo by LAND BASED air from Northern Japan. 3. Regarding Japan, In global Gold the Japs had an alternate capital in OSAKA, and only after that was taken too, the capital tranfered to Seoul, so Japan actually had 3 capitals. Dont know why this feature has been removed in AOD. It would make taking out Japan surely tougher. 4. About Ashes Fall point on island hopping: I DONT know any reason why the US should island hop. This is a weakness of the game, I agree.
  11. I agree with that. For playability, at least one of Tokyo and Seoul should be a bit inland, and Italy definitly needs a second capital.
  12. Hi Hubert, can do this, but are currently busy. Expect turn and instructions within 24 hours.
  13. I have the needed file from the turn before and can just replay it and reproduce the attack on the fighter, if the file is needed.