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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. CM:BN Screenshot Thread #2

    Nice work !!
  2. Off topic, but I'm so glad to find I'm not the only one with a book addiction.
  3. However, Battlefront games last for years in terms of whether you get tired of playing them. Many of us here have been playing CMBN since it came out and are still playing it. ( and all the others as well ). Which adds up to some serious value for money. If in any doubt, download some of the demos
  4. Generally, -us ending ( male gender ) goes to -i ( octopus - octopi ) -a ending ( female ) to -ae ( can't think of a current English example off the top of my head ) and -um (neuter) to -a ( forum - fora ) ( one thing that fools a lot of people is that "data" is the plural, "datum" is the singular. But because of the way it gets commonly used, when you use the plural verb with it, it often looks/sounds wrong "data are..." ) <slinks back to geektopia> And yes, what everyone said - WeGo is still popular and much played - if it went away, I daresay a lot of us would too
  5. Suggestions Thread!

    This one is most useful for removing pauses without having to cycle through the entire option list.
  6. Suggestions Thread!

    You need to be fractionally more specific I.e. describe it.
  7. How can I get this to work.

    Not the case in CM2 An alternative to cross-loading ( usually only feasible in setup phase, however ), is to dismount the squad and split them. You then give the halftrack its movement orders. You then add the separate teams one-at-a-time, giving each one ( or at least one* ) their disembarkation movement orders. Once they have separate movement orders, they will not recombine. * - so for a 3 team squad, at least 2 need orders, if only a 2 team squad, only 1 has to have orders.
  8. Separatist push/Ukraine shove back

    Actually, the headline is "Sweden brings back military conscription amid Baltic tensions". No warmongering to see here.
  9. Separatist push/Ukraine shove back

    Let me try and get this straight - you're saying that in order not to have a war, a country that is invaded should surrender ? Ooookay. ( btw, what country do you live in ? Just that I'm feeling the urge to invade one and it seems wise to pick one that's going to surrender straight away )
  10. Sir ! The Sun's shooting at us ! Nice pic
  11. Well, I don't know - how "niche" and/or "complex" is Crusader Kings regarded as being ? Because there's a huge difference between a grand strategy title and a game that's modelling every bullet etc. No active subreddit ? That's a damn poor show ! You have identified a major shortcoming of Combat Mission. Go ye forth and create one then - we will all be grateful.
  12. Separatist push/Ukraine shove back

    So ethnic Albanians became the majority in Kosovo and wanted independence = BAD Ethnic Russians in Donbas Ukraine wanted independence from Kiev = GOOD I'm confused - somehow there's a difference here, but I can't see it...
  13. Come again ? How did NATO ( a military organisation ) have anything to do with the Ukrainian uprising ? I must have totally missed all the footage of the NATO tanks rolling into Kiev ... Conspiracy theory alert !
  14. US MG wont move

    Should have been. I haven't rechecked since 4.0 came out, but I'm sure it was tested.
  15. HQ

    No one can be trusted with a beer stash. ( although, I keep a beer stash purely to distract and divert people who might otherwise aim for my champagne and wine stash )