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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. https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2016/03/16/russias-abandoned-space-shuttles-at-the-baikonur-cosmodrome-in-p/ It makes me sad to see amazing machines left to rust, with it's tremendous potential unfulfilled.
  2. The patch?

    Well, on my side I didn't notice much, I was too busy frantically buddy aiding my casualties... At short range, the stens drown everything else out anyway.
  3. Fury Movie Discussion.

    Yeah, I'm watching the scene again right now. There's four tanks, with infantry riding them. Overall, it looks like an understrength platoon, and they rescue about a squad's worth of dudes from the previous attack. That's all. Given the fact Brad Pitt is a staff sergeant and is in overall command leads me to believe he's the highest ranking person present. In the incident in question, there are only seventeen guys present, and you can see in the background other Germans being captured, and not killed. Poorly done? All I can do is shrug, and re-iterate my earlier statement that personal perception is different for everyone.
  4. Fury Movie Discussion.

    He would, but he wasn't there, and upon further review, neither were any other officers, even the infantry were led by a noncom.
  5. Fury Movie Discussion.

    There is not an entire battalion in that scene. It's a platoon of tanks, a platoon of infantry, and the few survivors of the previous attack. Brad Pitt seems to be the only officer present. EDIT: He's not an officer, I forgot. Now there, we agree. SPR is a finely honed scalpel, while Fury is a baseball bat. I just don't see the "disrespectful" part. They set out to make the theme of the movie as "War is all hell" and they did. Bluntly, and forcefully, but they got their point across. I guess being a lifelong history student lets me simply disregard the excessive "poetic license". That stuff just falls out of my brain.
  6. If you do find it, I'd love to see it, but don't beat yourself up over it.
  7. Either way, the sandbags didn't help any...
  8. The durability of concrete and cement varies wildly depending on how it's made, and what you've mixed into it. I don't think field expedient cement was formulated with stopping armor piercing cannon rounds in mind. Sandbags are not a reliable source of protection either, and I don't think anyone bothered to conduct ballistic tests of the "armor protection afforded by a few sandbags instead of an extra inch of steel". Sandbags were applied by some crews as protection against shaped-charge warheads, but that certainly didn't help this guy: \ If you're waiting for actual numbers though, you're in for a very long wait.
  9. Fury Movie Discussion.

    I don't see it that way, but personal perception is by it's nature, personal.
  10. Fury Movie Discussion.

    I disagree. The purpose of the scene was to force the new guy to kill someone. The prisoner was just in the wrong place at the wrong time. No one else at the scene seemed to be preparing to kill the guy. They kicked him a few times, and yelled at him, but the specter of execution wasn't raised until, "Hey new guy, get over here, I need to teach you something!" The true horrifying nature of the scene in Saving Private Ryan isn't gained at first viewing, or maybe never if you're not a Czech speaker. The man with his hands raised yelled something, roughly translated: "We are not Germans, we are Czech! We haven't killed anyone, we just want to surrender! Please don't shoot us!" Then they get shot by a Ranger who jokingly mocks the man raising a hand and saying "Look, I washed for supper!" EDIT: Meanwhile, the German ("Steamboat Willie") they captured later at the radar site is under the specter of execution from the very first moment the audience lays eyes on him, and if Captain Miller had condoned his death, I don't think anyone in the audience would have questioned his decision. However, the man is spared, yet comes back later to kill Captain Miller, and is then executed after surrendering again, by Cpl. Upham (the guy who got him released in the first place). The message obviously being that some people are beyond redemption, and some enemies are better off dead, because the guy you let go may come back again. SPR is a far more complex film than most people see at first glance.
  11. The only reference to the M4A1E8 in Hunnicutt's 'Sherman' is a single reference on the page (243) talking about the adoption of the HVSS. There are no other mentions of it.
  12. Under all those sandbags, I simply cannot tell. If the angle of the slats on the back of the tank conforms to the hull shape, then it is a welded hull tank, but it could have the cast front and welded rear. I just can't tell with all that trash all over it.
  13. Fury Movie Discussion.

    Have you ever heard the expression, 'After that, we didn't take prisoners for a while'? Everyone did it at one point or another. Don't get all high-and-mighty. Lies against the German people? Oh, DO go on!
  14. I don't think they report fractions of an inch. Maybe. The front slope looks about right.
  15. Aww, shucks, it's so cute!