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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. Next Korean war is coming close...

    I am surprised you bought that "China surrenders to us regarding trade deficit" Even if they wanted to we don't have several billions of dollars worth of what they typically buy from us to alter the deficit. That was a sop for Trump. The only thing that could really change that deficit is if Americans stop buying Chinese goods and that isn't gonna happen even after that crap sheetrock that caused so many issues to homeowners. We are very short sighted. As to the Iran deal, that actually was a good deal regardless of Trump's pronouncements. No it did not alter Iranian thinking about geopolitics, but that was not the goal. It was successful at reducing their Nuclear capabilities. Our allies felt so, our intelligence agencies felt so. Only Trump and folks who never want Obama to ever be able to be credited with a single thing disagreed. US violation (no we don't get to just cancel, we are now in violation) completely undermines US negotiating with DPRK. That was the US showing we negotiate in bad faith and even if we pen a deal forget any guarantee we will honor it if we decide it better serves domestic political aspirations to walk away. And no I don't really feel like hearing how "commies" negotiate in bad faith. That they do is not going to surprise me. Just about everyone negotiates in bad faith. How much varies. The continuing use of "commies" though is kind of cartoonish. It is a generic term that really means very little and ignores the many cultural and nationalistic aspirations of those countries that have had or have a communistic oriented gov't. The communist world was never a solid block of mindless bureaucrats all thinking and acting the same no more than the western powers all acted and thought the same. Failure to understand that seriously hurt our ability to take advantage of and manipulate differences in the cold war.
  2. Next Korean war is coming close...

    well to be totally frank it isn't just the "commies" who negotiate like that. It is pretty much the way everyone does. The whole point is to give up as little as you can for as much as you can get. The extent to which you have the upper hand and your skill determines (usually) how well you do. Right now the US sucks at it - badly. So no I don't expect much if anything. Not exactly sure how we are going to economically pressure the PRC. That hasn't seemed to work out to well so far even for addressing a simpler issue of trade balances. The only real upside at the moment is the nuclear test site appears to be a wreck. Expecting DPRK to pick back up on the missile launches before too much longer, but they'll probably play a bit more pitting members of the administration against one another as why not, it seems to be working for them so far.
  3. best CM game

    The best CM game is whichever one I am playing at that time....
  4. I think I could easily do that but I can’t quite dedicate the time right now. it was either focus and blow through or have to set aside. I really wasn’t interested in the set aside option.
  5. I know @MOS:96B2Pis still polishing this up and as the creator he will likely never be totally content. However having finished a play through I can say this one is pretty damn well polished. Amazing work. I think I invested something on 12-14 hours in it and could easily have done more. It is extremely addictive. The design is like nothing I have seen and highly unlikely you could create this in any other tactical combat game. I bow before you @MOS:96B2P. If you were close enough by, I'd pick up your beer tab at the local pub for the next month. Seriously in sheer terms of entertainment value I will get more out of this scenario alone than I'd get for a full AAA game title. I am already editing the units for a different type fight utilizing everything in place you have built. Can't wait for the Marine Module for CMBS to try swapping the Stryker unit out for them.
  6. you can hear that Stryker just pounding away. I learned to really love the .50 over the 40 mm GL version in this. More accurate and lots more ammo.
  7. When your enemies suck worse than you do, you tend to look okay It is when your enemies start getting their act together that your own issues rise to the surface. Either you fix them or now the suckiness scale starts to tilt.
  8. I believe we just had a Steve sighting... 2 hours and he has yet to be accosted by the forum paparazzi. Slackers.
  9. I believe he meant to sat competent was too busy brushing up for his Australian portrayal.
  10. No, no it's not. You tossed me aside with no thought at all about how I might feel. I don't think we really share anymore. You seem distant and aloof. I... I ... I am afraid maybe we need some time apart.
  11. Yeah I thought from just a number standpoint that saying 1point whatever only mattered in context. If you and I each kick in 50% to pay for a meal together and you make a million dollars a minute and I make $50 dollars a week I am gonna be kind of put off. But if you kick in 50% of your income and I kick in 50% of mine I’ll feel pretty damn good. Ratios matter. That being said Ukraine’s army would likely kick the bundeswehr’s ass right now.
  12. NATO Forces Severely Over-Equipped?

    We shall sweep the enemy before us!!!!
  13. Mod to remove thunder?

    If the thunder don’t get you then the lightening will