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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. First I apologise for this delayed review! Sorry! Click link to go to review of CMFI and DLC game engine 4!. LINK
  2. Ost Front Books

    Cant beat Jason Mark!!
  3. Big yes please!! RPS is doing a run through of a scenario using CMBB and I forgot just how many commands you could chose from back then.
  4. Battle Pack?

    I can't put my finger on why I feel the way I do. As I loved CMSF so much I was expecting to love it and it hasn't grabbed me. More than likely I haven't found the right scenario which grabs me. I suppose I was hoping that someone else had difficulty in getting into it but then found the Battle Pack did the job.
  5. Battle Pack?

    How is it? CMBS is the CM game I'm having huge difficult warming too (Yet I enjoyed CMSF, though mainly once the Brit module was released). Would the new pack be worth me getting as it might help me warm to the game or just best giving it a miss?
  6. Excited

    Well it will be published on AWNT but obviously this forum will be first to know:)
  7. I feel unless a soldier has totally panicked they should stay put if in a fortified position i.e foxhole upwards when under Arty bombardment. Only if they have lost all sense and reason should they vacate said position during bombardment to run into the open. Vacating a position during enemy bombardment, that you had built for the very reason of having some protection if under bombardment, just makes no sense to me. I think this really needs looking at by BF. Maybe we need a defend command to issue at the end of a move order etc? This command would make sure the unit did it's utmost to stay and defend the position and if possible retake it if pushed out?
  8. Excited

    OK just downloading CMFI and Upgrade 4. I haven't played CMFI at all (the only one I didn't own until now). Anyway expect to see a review over at AWNT shortly:) Jason
  9. Part 2 of Matts article on the progress and ups and downs so far. Part One Part Two
  10. The possible future game that will add an operational layer to CMBN Theater of Operations has a two part article being published over at A Wargamers Needful Things..part 2 follows shortly. LINK
  11. Ost Front Books

    Some Fiction gets book of the week over at AWNT LINK LINK
  12. Everything I presume (though obviously Rome to Victory wasn't discussed previously). Depends on Battlefront:)
  13. Once version 4 is out expect to see a CMFI review at A Wargamers Needful Things