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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. Rebirth of SC

    Nice to hear from aesopo again - I agree with you 100%. Indeed an updated SC1 (with hexes of course) sounds like a great idea. I still play SC1 with 5 opponents and all of us would love to see an upgrade. Good that Hubert still reads the SC1 forum
  2. MPPs and connection to Capital question

    hi Michael - When you buy SC2 you get a second download for free so you can play a friend. One of my friends shared his download one at a time with 3 of us but like your friends no one liked the game without hexes so we continue to play SC1. You can buy a download version of SC1 for around $15 - very reasonable. I do however remain hopeful that a 3rd version of SC will be made, and made with hexes like a proper war game should be.
  3. SC Enhancements

    Armuss - Are you talking about the alternate sprites that make the map look a lot nicer/ I can send them to you if that's what you want
  4. Hey Bill - Nice to see you still look at this forum but your comment "most of us have moved to SC2" doesnt sound right to me. I think most of us moved to SC2 and came back to the better game here at SC1 and it is time you came back as well. Of course we can always hope for a SC3 game that will have hexes and I will meet you there.
  5. 0x8007007e , then nothing happen

    Teabag - I have a simple suggestion that other gamers have done. Simply re install your computer with windows XP. Anyone who still plays the Rise of Rome game will have found that it cannot be played on Vista so when I bought a new computer last week, I insisted on win XP, and then I got it for a cheaper price
  6. For the record (I still play SC1)

    Hi there Just another wargamer!. I have already finished with SC2 and am back playing SC1 with Dozer, Roving Greek and 46th Panzer. Contact me if you would like to play. There were some good points in SC2 - but I prefer SC1. I'd love there to be an SC3 combining the best points of both games (or at least what I consider the best points of both games)
  7. For the record (I still play SC1)

    Hi there Just another wargamer!. I have already finished with SC2 and am back playing SC1 with Dozer, Roving Greek and 46th Panzer. Contact me if you would like to play. There were some good points in SC2 - but I prefer SC1. I'd love there to be an SC3 combining the best points of both games (or at least what I consider the best points of both games)
  8. Lets get back to SC1

    Well, I tried SC2 - certainly tried it for longer than Lords of the Realm 3 but today I unlicenced it and gave it to someone else. Good to see some old friends back playing SC1 now - I am back up to 6 current games but could use some more. Hubert - if you read these posts, can I just mention a company called Ascaron - About 7 years ago they produced a great game called Port Royale. They responded to suggestions by producing (so far to my knowledge) 6 similar games. How about you do the same for SC. Some of SC2 was good, but the isometrics, large pieces and no hexes ruined the game for me (but I concede, not for others). I hope to see a SC3
  9. Well Hubert, I finally got SC2 and spent the weekend on it. Didnt really mind the lack of hexes but couldnt cope with the isometric view. Liked some of the features, but overall, for a wargamer this isnt the game. Perhaps other people will like it and given the time you spent on creating it, I certainly hope so. However, I didnt like the big pieces and the big squares. I am going back to SC1 and really hope that you might think about combining the best features of both games and produce another game for wargamers (with hexes).
  10. Anyone still playing SC1?

    Is there anyone else besides me that prefers SC1 over SC2 and would like a game? Email me on gmclauchlan@bigpond.com if you want to play. Seems I am down to just 2 opponents now
  11. The Hex/Tile Problem

    Nice to read your comments - generally they were well written. I was hoping to get a really dopey comment like that guy who doesnt know what rockets are for when he says he cant break through strong points. Interesting about the original patches - I didnt know about that. My 1st version was 1.06 with one patch to follow. Perhaps Hubert can work on a hex patch for his new game
  12. The Hex/Tile Problem

    I read Ike's comments a bit late to add to the discussion as it is now been closed. I emailed Ike to congratulate him on his intelligent comments and he tells me that I was just one of many such emails to him. I am already resigned to Strategic Command ending - a real pity because it was such a great game. I have a group of 4 who meet at my house weekly to play games. No way would we be interested in a non hex wargame. Hubert!! - You did a superb job on SC1. Why are you wasting your time on this Tiled SC2? Listen to your potential customers. Even at this stage you can surely drop your tiled version and come up with a game that people really want. We have all been caught with poor follow up versions of games (Port Royale 2, Lords 3 AOE 3 etc). I hope SC isnt going to end up like these games.
  13. Sending Naval Units to the Fifth Dimension

    Nicely explained Bill but it would be nice if the bug could be fixed on this game. Due to a crazy decision not to use hexes I wont be playing SC2, so having it fixed there will be of no interest to me.
  14. re-conquered France

    A pause is fine, but to avoid the 4 hexes around Moscow and Stalingrad is indeed poor form. Cant remember who did that to me but he is on the list of people I wont be playing again.
  15. My 19 game winning streak!

    well - you are close, most of the time I played Roving Greek !! (Sorry henry)