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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. Just would like to say that I've played quite some battles in the past week and I'm enjoying your mod every time. I'm also changing the icons with each battle. Thank you again for a great mod, Mord!
  2. In my recently bought copy of SdKfz 251 Ausf D - Armor Walk Around Color Series No. 9 (couldn't resist George and thanks again for the recommendation) it is mentioned the shield could be removed from the roof if necessary. I also see that the gunner would have to stand on the benches to be able to shoot or stand (rather narrow) between them. Given the recoil of the MG 42 and for the sake of stability standing on the benches would perhaps have been preferable, so that partly explains the high profile of the gunner.
  3. What will the next CM be?

    You usually are. Wart.
  4. Soviet Tank Tactics 1945

    “Intolerance of others’ views (no matter how ignorant or incoherent they may be) is not simply wrong; in a world where there is no right or wrong, it is worse: it is a sign you are embarrassingly unsophisticated or, possibly, dangerous.” ― Jordan B. Peterson, 12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos
  5. Soviet Tank Tactics 1945

    I think allowing hundreds of thousands of refugees and 'refugees' into the country is the real problem.
  6. Soviet Tank Tactics 1945

    We all do....
  7. Soviet Tank Tactics 1945

    Perhaps because there's a lot of Russian propaganda around at that side, John. They are even talking about 1:1.1 ratio losses (Wehrmacht vs. Red Army). Give it another 10 years or so and they will have rewritten their 'combat history' of WW2. There's even a law against 'belittling' the Russian war effort now.
  8. Soviet Tank Tactics 1945

    Interesting reading, John, thanks!
  9. With regard to release dates I dare to say from experience it always turns out as a disappointment (that is later than you hope). So I expect the Rome module no sooner than July-August and the CMRT module at the end of this year. Fingers crossed. Just a wild guess, so worth nothing.
  10. Personally I think this has gone beyond 'funny'. Are we entitled to more information? Probably not. Would it show some courtesy to the customers to give more information? Definitely. We aren't a bunch of impatient school boys, we are people who have a passion for these games and would like to be kept informed about it's progress. Personally I think that's not too much to ask.
  11. I don't think there are any. On Amazon.de some German authors publish interesting books for Kindle that are well written and show some tactics, but that's about it.
  12. Additional armor plates and tracks were mounted on the front armor against frontal fire. And logs along the sides, as you mention. The shield however was more difficult to increase and I never heard that was attempted. But then again, we know so little of such things.
  13. Not sure about the trade-off. Yes, I also don't have a clue really. Perhaps we are overthinking the issue. I've been in a 251 D in the Overloon museum in the Netherlands and I remember the shield is really small and standing behind it, one really feels vulnerable. I'm sure the front soldiers must have reported this issue time and again. The design of the 251 wasn't perfect and it had quite a few flaws.
  14. Perhaps a taller (heavier) shield would have been more difficult to rotate quickly? Not really convincing, but that's all I can think of. The way the gunner has to bend over when firing also can't have been comfortable. Or perhaps the gunner must have been able to look over the shield from time to time, in order to have a good overview at his target? Btw, I also ordered that book, George. Thanks for the recommendation. I always appreciate being pointed to a good book, it is hard to keep up with all books that are being published.
  15. Happy New Year's Day! 2018 look ahead

    Yes, well, perhaps it was wishful thinking, but to me it definitely sounded like a promise to publish some screenshots in a couple of months. But yes, as you say, "Steve" time. But who cares, we've waited so long, what's another half year?