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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. What's new ?

    We are planning a mini expansion with a few new aircraft and campaigns. We'll be able to give a better estimate following the holidays. Thank you for your continued interest in DIF!
  2. Modern Land Weapons

    The game will cover from 1960s equipment to modern, if that helps.
  3. Modern Land Weapons

    I'm working on a game about modern land combat and I wanted to get a reality check to make sure my assumptions are correct. I'm looking at 5 types of attacks: Small Arms (rifles) Man-Portable Weapons (Rocket Launchers) Heavy Machine Guns (.50) Light Cannons (25mm on Bradley) Heavy Cannons (Main tank cannons, 100mm+) I'm thinking of 4 vehicle armor defense levels: Light Armor (Hummer) Medium Armor (most IFVs) Heavy Armor (most tank armor) Super Armor (Chobham) Would it be true to say: Small Arms can penetrate up to Light Armor Man-Portable can penetrate all, but will less chance as armor increases Heavy Machine Guns can penetrate up to Medium Armor Light Cannons can penetrate up to Heavy Armor Heavy Cannons can penetrate all, but less chance as armor increases Opinions? I realize there is always that "one in a million" shot or that "never penetrated once" situation, but what I'm looking for is the "in general" situation.
  4. DVG - New DIF Card Game

    Thank you Martin for approving this announcement! I’m very pleased to announce that my company, DVG, has placed a newly designed Down In Flames tabletop card game “Aces High” up for pre-order on our web site… www.dvg.com The game features an improved action card system that greatly expands player decision making and options, additional detailing of aircraft stats, and a new campaign system that focuses on ease of play. The game has both more action cards and aircraft cards than the originally published game. Aces High includes 110 action cards and 110 aircraft cards, including 55 types of aircraft spanning both Europe and the Pacific. The new game is not compatible with the old games originally published 15 years ago. After examining the old system in detail, I found there were too many problems to fix, and too many areas to improve upon. I was able to address these issues with the computer game design, and those of you familiar with it will feel right at home with the new card game design. If you have any questions, please let me know!
  5. Campaign Creation Needed

    Brian and I are working on a Down In Flames expansion and need some help in creating a couple campaigns. Brian has an online campaign creation utility already built, so no programming skills are required on your part. I will create the needed map graphics. To create a campaign, you need to do some historical research, detail the planes, pilots, and targets, and then test it for balance. Each campaign takes a couple hours to design. This isn't a paying job, but you will get name credit. Some work has already been done on the campaigns. Our goal is for the campaigns to be finished by the end of March. If you're interested, post a message.
  6. Well, we almost had news. Give us a little more time. You see, I have this interesting curse, whenever a programmer agrees to work with me on a game, his life gets turned upside-down within 2 weeks.* * If you are a programmer, and you're thinking of working with me on a game, please ignore this warning of doom and gloom. I'm sure you'll be immune.
  7. "Realistic" Death

    The idea has been brought up that people should have an option to play the game with more realistic death rules (ie pilots die more often and don't get 100s/1000s of kills) If there were a benefit to designating a pilot as being "realistic" during creation, would you do it?
  8. Things that would help, game

    Thank you for the ideas, Brian and I have been watching the DIF forum. In your opinion, what can we do to expand the DIF user base?
  9. Things that would help, game

    Brian and I are kicking around some ideas to give players the option of playing more deadly games.
  10. Things that would help, game

    Hello skaol, Replies below... 1. Sorry, but DIF has the Dumbest (and I have played and Beta tested alot of games) and I do mean Dumbest, Campaign UI's there is and ever was. I mean Click to close to click to close to click to close...it is beyond silly. 1 Freaking Screen Period. --The campaigns were tricky to create given the nature of the game. With all the data going back and forth, the interface needed to take a very step-by-step approach.-- 2. No Offline Campaign's...yeah ok need I say anything. --On the list of Things To Do.-- 3. Hello Mr. Vista....refer to #2 --What problems are encountered with Vista?-- 4. Pilots who have 1 Billion Kills, is Complete and Udder BS. "FEAR OF DEATH" should always be apart of any game and I do not mean the small percent of deaths we have compared to the amount of Combat Missions/ Per Death, we have now. Raise the percent and Drop the free get out of Death Card. --This is one of those realism vs. fun factors. When the game first came out, death was much more common - and people hated it. There was no end to the number of "my pilot died, I hate your game" posts.-- 5. I have no Idea why you have the ability to buy "EXPENDABLE" cards, if any player has ever been in combat (I have) or a Dogfight, they will know not 1 single skirmish or engagement is alike. Now saying that, your giving a player a chance to purchase expendable cards that simulate the battle going as planned over and over, thats dumb. The "Permanent" Cards is what a player should rely on because I see that as his traing and skill, but Expendable are a joke and thats why we see players with a 2 kills per mission status, yeah thats realistic. I never use those dumb things thats why my kills are low but way more realistic like it should be. --This is another example of realism vs. fun. I haven't been in combat, but I am deeply grateful to you, and those like you, who have put your lives at risk to defend your country.-- 6. Team Campaigns, would be a grand installment and a 2 teams vs. 2 teams would really be addicting and would make it where players would get to know other players. --Brian would need to answer this one. I'm not sure what the copding hurdles would be to make it happen.-- 7. Your Pilots in Campaigns...Nuff said --Also on the To Do List.-- 8. Add a new place by your photo, where you can add a Unit Pic, I use mine as my Main Pic now but would be nice to see a Pic and a unit symbol there. Not a major thing here. --I will ask Brian about this one also.-- 9. A link on the Main Screen UI that links to the Forum, come on most players have no idea how to get here or suggest things, you need to make it easier for new players to get involved period. --Sounds like a good idea.-- 10. Input from the game producers, in a timely matter, yeah small, yeah part time garage game, yadda yadda, but you can make it so much more with just a bit more effort. --Agreed. We should have news soon.--
  11. The proud ship MNB is underway, late, but not sunk. Things are moving forward (honest!) We should have news soon.
  12. STATUS ????

    "Soon" does leave one room to maneuver. But it's not quite as flexible as when one of the kids says they are "almost" done with their chores/homework/etc...
  13. STATUS ????

    I've been in recent contact with the nice folks at BFC and hopefully we'll have some news soon.
  14. STATUS ????

    We should have some news soon. We're all very excited about the game. I'm going through the design docs right now to get it as polished as possible.
  15. Good News! MNB-WWII will use the engine being developed for Combat Mission - Shock Force, so it will look amazing. As soon as Shock Force is wrapped up, coding will begin on MNB-WWII.