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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. Google Earth is your friend

    https://thedesertfoxsite.wordpress.com/2017/08/01/ressources-for-map-design-7-carte-geoportail/ and https://thedesertfoxsite.wordpress.com/2017/08/01/ressources-for-map-design-6-remonter-le-temps-ign/
  2. The patch?

    Most people don´t care anymore. And frankly almost 18 months for a patch...pfff. Shows that the developer doesn´t care either for one reason or the other. Don´t get me wrong it´s their business, they can do whatever they want. But the average customer expectation is to get stuff fixed within a reasonable amount of time and to communicate with the customer. Since neither is taking place here everyone has to draw his own conclusions.
  3. Yeah that is some good read. Supplement that with Andy Holburns PhD Thesis about 56th Brigade and your picture will be even broader. https://pearl.plymouth.ac.uk/bitstream/handle/10026.1/1996/ANDREW HOLBORN.PDF?sequence=1&isAllowed=y cheers
  4. The patch?

    I can help you here...I´m wanting to see some kind of progress with this game as much as you want, however we all have learned that TIME has a special meaning to this company. Maybe we just need to be patient and check back 2020 if there will be some kind of patch released.
  5. The patch?

    Yep 2 years ago in december 2015. https://www.linkedin.com/in/philculliton/
  6. The patch?

    Those Fritzens are on the run as it should be historically. That´s how they lost the war after all. Weren´t able to hold one single "Fester Platz" as Uncle Addy told them to do numerous times. Sorry bunch of aryan loosers they are. Give em hell!
  7. Best CM Game?

    Depends on your personal interests. For me it´s warfare in NWE 1944-1945, so Normandy wins and Final Blitzkrieg is No.2 If we ever might get a module bringing FB to 1945 and integrating the commonwealth forces into it I´m perfectly set. Never had any deeper interests in Italy or the Eastern Front.
  8. Basically everything by Terry Copp, Marc Milner, Mike Bechthold and Mark Zuehlke is a must read for the Canadian story. IMHO
  9. Going directly to the original source material, in this case, can spare you a lot of money. Look here: http://lmharchive.ca/panzers-and-the-western-allies/ Both studies by Major G. Gee and Major J.M. Murdoch Mitcheson published 1946 and 1952 downloadable as pdf thanks to the Laurier Archives. cheers
  10. Related to the subject of allied performance against the Panther I suggest reading this article on the 1944 Panther battlefield performance in front of the canadian forces. Destroying the Panthers: The Effect of Allied Combat Action on I./SS Panzer Regiment 12 in Normandy, 1944 Authors Arthur Gullachsen Abstract This article is an examination of the operational record of the World War Two German Panther tank during the Normandy Campaign of summer 1944. Challenging its perception as mechanically unreliable, this article argues Allied combat action was responsible for a large percentage of Panthers that were out of action. Secondly, the inferior resources of the German tank replacement and repair program were no match for superior Canadian Army practices during 1944. To support these arguments the author examines Canadian and German wartime primary documents as well as multiple secondary sources. Recommended Citation Gullachsen, Arthur (2016) "Destroying the Panthers: The Effect of Allied Combat Action on I./SS Panzer Regiment 12 in Normandy, 1944," Canadian Military History: Vol. 25 : Iss. 2 , Article 13. Available at: http://scholars.wlu.ca/cmh/vol25/iss2/13 Article here: http://scholars.wlu.ca/cmh/vol25/iss2/13/
  11. Good info! IIRC CMx1 and CMx2 development was supported by counsel from Lorrin Rexford Bird and Robert D. Livingston who published on the subject: WWII Ballistics: Armor and Gunnery, Overmach Press Lorrin Rexford Bird and Robert D. Livingston, Second Edition, 2001 https://de.scribd.com/doc/219173969/WWII-Ballistics-Armor-and-Gunnery or https://www.amazon.com/s?ie=UTF8&page=1&rh=n%3A283155%2Cp_27%3ALorrin Rexford. Bird or http://vk.com/doc67707672_338610150?hash=22e03378f78ea04905&dl=958ae1a9265ab60d1b Also it seems they both have accounts here: To which depth detailed test results from 1944 Balleroy or Isigny were cross checked with CM outcome only the devs can answer. It is my personal impression however that CM outcome seems to be in the "right ballpark" or "feels" right. cheers
  12. CM Maps Universal Translator Tool

    I think so. Saving in the editor first might solve some unexpected problems from the "hard"-conversion.
  13. CM Maps Universal Translator Tool

    Saving the map in the CMBS editor under a different name did the trick for me. Loads fine now in QB. Before saving under a different name it was crashing CMBS although I could view it fine in the 3D view of the scen editor. Working map attached. Enjoy! 024Attk Huge Open.btt
  14. You are my hero! Absolutely great! I just converted Wittmans Demise to CMFB and Barraque Frature to CMBN. Fantastic! cheers
  15. Omaha Beach West

    Amazing detail Infos here: http://ww2talk.com/index.php?threads/omaha-beach.69555/page-4