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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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  • Birthday 12/14/1983

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    Burpelson Air Force Base
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    Wargaming, flying airplanes, shooting guns, drinking, smoking, reading, and watching football.
    You know, all the really important stuff.


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    I was born, I grew up, and this is what I am.
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    Tilton, New Hampshire
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    War Games of all shapes and sizes.
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    Commercial Pilot (Unemployed)

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  1. CM:FI AAR SLIM versus Bletchley_Geek

    We open with a lecture of sorts about night fighting, barbed wire emplacement, and move on to the first minute of real action. From now until the end of the battle, fighting will be bloody, violent, and without much letup.
  2. CM:FI AAR SLIM versus Bletchley_Geek

    Funny enough, that's exactly what came to mind. Anyway, I'll have a video along soon. I managed to get some time to myself this afternoon and recorded video showing the entire fight for Casa Fanella and Casa Riposa. I'm going to focus on that side of the battlefield first, then I'll cover the other sectors.
  3. The 'Never Say You've Seen It All' Thread

    This was pretty cool:
  4. CM:FI AAR SLIM versus Bletchley_Geek

    Understandable. I myself am wearing multiple hats at work this week.
  5. CM:FI AAR SLIM versus Bletchley_Geek

    Also, I am aware of Rinaldi's video, I have been subscribed to him for some time: ^ See? Now, enough of that nonsense.
  6. CM:FI AAR SLIM versus Bletchley_Geek

    I have not. It's right here: https://youtu.be/6TQ6fRLaGec @IICptMillerII. Please keep ancillary discussion to a minimum. This is an AAR thread, not a general discussion thread. I openly admit in my video I completely screwed up my attempt at scouting, yet was still able to generate some accurate intelligence. If you're expecting an error-free battle, then you'll have to find some thread over in fantasy land, because as anyone around here can attest, even the best among us make mistakes. The next video will be posted on Saturday, perhaps @BletchleyGeek can fill the time with some writing?
  7. CM:FI AAR SLIM versus Bletchley_Geek

    Okay, I missed that in my review because the camera was too close to spot the contact marker behind the tree. I had intended to do that, but previous experience at night fighting against @lucas showed me how deadly it was to engage the enemy without having superior firepower. I was determined to hold my own forces back until I could gain some advantage, or at least have a concrete idea of where you were. As you said previously, superior firepower at point of contact is key, because once the shooting starts, all nearby teams will join in. So having a few teams scattered in front of my force would have simply got them killed to no real advantage aside from intel, but I think my METT-TC analysis was good enough to operate without a complete intelligence picture. Of course, we shall see how right or wrong that idea was in the next video on Saturday, when we have contact along the MLR.
  8. CM:FI AAR SLIM versus Bletchley_Geek

    The next video explores my attempt to gain some intelligence about enemy intentions. After completing my METT-TC analysis, and deploying my troops, I seek to gain the one piece of the puzzle I do not have. To that end, I send my scouts out, "NormalDude Style". In proper fashion, they get brutally murdered, due to a mistake I made planning my movement. EDIT: While my scouts may have come to grief, it did teach me one very important lesson, very early in the battle, and that is the exact amount of visibility I would be dealing with due to the prevailing weather conditions. So in that regard, their deaths were invaluable.
  9. AFV Show & Tell

    Now there's a pretty thing... ^ Same here. My very first experiment in burning something came at the expense of a B-17G model I had lit on fire, for an authentic crash scene. My mom didn't care about my arguments in favor of, "But it's more realistic this way!" That thing had been EXPENSIVE. Of course, far be it for a nine-year-old to understand the concept of money... Anyway, here's my entry for the thread, one of my favorite tanks: That thing just screams, "TANK!"
  10. New Scenario: Tactical Operations Center

    It's a screen recording program I use to make my Combat Mission videos. I can't post commercial links, but a quick google search will suffice.
  11. New Scenario: Tactical Operations Center

    It appears to me you actioned the intelligence properly in all respects. The enemy cannot trouble your forces if he has been completely eradicated... I do have a week off coming in early May. I might just have to buy CMBS so I can play this scenario... Maybe I'll run Bandicam while I do it...
  12. New Scenario: Tactical Operations Center

    When you see the old salt Combat Mission veterans look at you with the Virtual Pixeltruppen Thousand-Yard Stare, it was scenarios like this, and a small little jaunt known as 'To The Volga' that did it to them... (Combat Mission Beyond Overlord veteran in his natural environment, circa 2001)
  13. New Scenario: Tactical Operations Center

    Hmmm, I thought this idea seemed familiar... Several years later, and here we are...
  14. One of my favorite parts of Combat Mission is being confronted with the Force Selection screen, given a chunk of points, and just seeing what kind of highly customized, and finely tuned force setup I can make. It's like a game within a game...
  15. Crater grogs rejoice!

    I think it's more a question of who else would have the imagination to even look for such things, or the tenacity to dig them up on a daily basis... Checking in with the latest tidbits keeps me coming back to the forum. It's like a scavenger hunt, but without a list of things to find, the things find you instead! That's a long story, thankfully such behavior is no longer possible. I almost quit the forum over it.