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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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Everything posted by sburke

  1. Next Korean war is coming close...

    The "hairpiece" is actually a vx sniffing creature, so it will spot the poison burger. Then he'll eat it anyway cause he doesn't take advice.
  2. Pretty interesting and funny article about a team of Iraqis taking on ISIS by disrupting their communications channels https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/world/they-planted-porn-in-isis-propaganda-just-for-starters-then-sowed-chaos-and-confusion-in-the-caliphate/ar-BBFpDrb?ocid=spartanntp
  3. Not surprisingly that one is compliments of @Pete Wenman I recommend reading his designer notes on it as he has some play suggestions to make it a little more ... interesting.
  4. Next Korean war is coming close...

    My post was a joke... sort of. Actually it is reality, but it seems reality is a joke....
  5. Next Korean war is coming close...

    Not sure, but it very well may be we attack S Korea first..... WASHINGTON — The White House said Monday that Donald Trump had been referring to a call with South Korea's leader when he appeared to suggest a landmark direct contact with the nuclear North. Trump raised eyebrows at a Washington media dinner on Saturday when he said "they, by the way, called up a couple of days ago and said 'we would like to talk.' "And I said, 'so would we, but you have to de-nuke, you have to de-nuke,'" Trump added. A senior administration official, speaking on condition of anonymity, told AFP that Trump had in fact been referencing a call he had on Thursday with South Korean President Moon Jae-in.
  6. I'd agree it was a mess for sure. I don't agree that it still is. There is now a single installer and you activate the specific items you've purchased. When they release new material, you refresh the DL and apply any new material activations for stuff you purchased, If you purchase any additional modules, you just use the activation as your original full installer download has it already. I can't see it getting any simpler than that. I don't see anything prohibitive in that. If you have not gotten to the point of utilizing the full installer, yeah maybe, but it is so darn easy to do now I can't see what is stopping anyone from making the leap.
  7. Unofficial Screenshot and Video Thread

    Hey no need to apologize, in all likelihood I probably did the exact same thing. Keep it alive brother and post away!
  8. New features curiosity

    Until someone can post a save to look at I don't believe it. I suspect from some of the posts above that a basic misunderstanding of how spotting works in the game is at play.
  9. Unofficial Screenshot and Video Thread

    ahem..... but yeah it has been far too long since anyone posted. my excuse is photof*cket sucks.
  10. I am jealous. I contemplate that several times a week.
  11. Next Korean war is coming close...

    well you seem pretty set in your view and unfortunately I can't say I feel convinced by your arguments. DPRK conventional and potential chemical attack is more than enough leverage on S Korea. Anyway, like I said before and as you noted time will tell. I do agree things are heading to a critical point, whether that critical point is war or a diplomatic solution of some sort remains to be seen, but I am hoping cooler heads prevail. I don't disagree about relying on PRC and Russia hence my feeling that we need to do something about those ships. Hard for PRC and Russia to contribute to smuggling if we intercept, board and seize the N Korea ships they are meeting.
  12. Next Korean war is coming close...

    Sounds like a rehashing of the domino theory. Trump has already gone on record suggesting support for a nuclear arms race in Asia with Japan and S Korea having that capability so that kind of undermines the proliferation argument. Regarding our support vs N Korea, it is one thing to call for an economic blockade, it is quite another to support a war. I fail to understand how an almost guaranteed catastrophe for S Korea (Seoul is a city of 10 million people) is balanced out by protecting the US from a possible but highly unlikely DPRK nuke strike on the US. I doubt many other countries will see that either especially if S Korea starts saying hold on here we have millions of civilians at risk right now and the US has no answer as to how to prevent that. The US is in position to enforce a sea blockade of N Korea, what is it like 33 ships we know about that we have to contain (only 19 of which are actually N Korean flagged)? That would have significant impact and force Russia and China's hands on the sanctions that they supposedly support. The only retaliatory action N Korea has is to attack S Korea, but that is also their only ace in the hole. If they play that card then all bets are off and S Korea would not only support a US attack, they would probably be all in leading the charge. However that only works if we continue to push on the sanctions and blockade side. Only those who ignore the human catastrophe that could unfold keep pushing for war. This on the other hand is what sane people say. U.S. Secretary of Defense James Mattis says that war with North Korea -- should tensions ever come to that -- would be "catastrophic." "A conflict in North Korea, John, would be probably the worst kind of fighting in most people's lifetimes," Mattis told CBS News' "Face the Nation" host John Dickerson in his first official interview as defense secretary. The North Korean regime has hundreds of artillery cannons and rocket launchers within range of one of the most densely populated cities on Earth -- Seoul, the capital of South Korea, Mattis said. North Korea is a threat to the surrounding region, including Japan, China and Russia, he said. "But the bottom line is it would be a catastrophic war if this turns into a combat if we're not able to resolve this situation through diplomatic means," Mattis said.
  13. Next Korean war is coming close...

    well none of us really knows, but the idea of the US trying to launch an attack where we admittedly are not going to be able to stop N Korea from causing a huge number of casualties puts the US in a bind. Is it legitimate for the US to launch an attack because N Korea could possibly launch a missile at the US knowing that attack will likely cause untold suffering in S Korea? I think what you would find is the US extremely isolated and without allies as the thought that they could be sacrificed to prevent a possible attack against the US just isn't going to go over well. So is the US prepared to be that isolated internationally for this? I don't think war is inevitable. What I do think is inevitable is the US has to realize we do not have a military option to solve this situation. But what the hell do I know.... Hell I couldn't even figure out how to get rid of Bermuda grass. Ended up ripping up my entire backyard and building my own wall to stop it...and Mexico won't pay for it. Oh and for what it is worth. I find it really really hard to take geopolitical information and strategy from a hand puppet... just saying.
  14. Next Korean war is coming close...

    War is logistics and the US trying to wage a war on the peninsula without S Korea is highly unlikely. There are millions of S Korean lives at stake. It is the US that is risking the relationship by trying to unilaterallly push a war, not S Korea.
  15. Best CM Game?

    CMSF for best modern. Especially once CMSF 2 is out. Frankly my favorite all around, but if I had to choose best ww 2. Damn that would be hard. Really I am kind of in the same boat with c3k. ask me next month, I am likely to give a different answer. Last night I was messing with "A muddy affair" in CMFB and having a blast.
  16. Next Korean war is coming close...

    Even if the US was committed to launching a war against the DPRK, it isn't gonna happen off 3 months of mobilization. Not to mention S Korea will not back a war. Without them it is pretty much saber rattling. Any attempt to launch it on our own would be a political disaster. Likely before the US got close S Korea would demand all US troops leave.

    damn, yep seeing that as well. I expect that was baked in way early in design and then whatever issues arose after were never noticed. I have played that scenario multiple times and never noticed my uncons has stolen US military uniforms. good catch - I'll check this for CMSF2 to try and be sure it doesn't follow through.
  18. After all these years and people are still struggling with "Steve" time.
  19. whoa...we can't have that. This is supposed to be a forum for grumbly old grognards. (insert appropriate insult here). I had a similar experience with another CMBN scenario. Enemy set up nicely behind a hedgerow decides to try and sneak instead into a shell hole on my side of the hedgerow. It is frustrating when the behavior displays itself, but it isn't totally consistent. Was playing a bit of "a muddy affair" in CMFB last night and the freakin AI was holding out and kicking my butt.
  20. that and the fact that there seems to be corroborating evidence. Sounds more like someone decided to leak some info to further embarrass Putin. He is learning a lesson that no one seems to get before they are in it to deep - don't mire your troops in a political morass unless you really do have an exit strategy.
  21. Before you go to far down that train of thought, you may want to read some other threads. When it became a "known" issue and when there was some actual evidence that something was awry and when that information translated in testing to an actual source was not Jan 2017. TAC AI behavior in CM is complicated- one of the reasons we all like the game so the fact that BF is taking the time to try and get it right rather than a hasty patch that likely breaks something else is a good thing. I would check back sooner than 6 months though.
  22. Glad you just found it as it is being worked on so hopefully you'll not have to face it too much longer.
  23. New Manual

    I like the general idea, but I do worry a bit that you aren't gonna have a copyright issue. I would consider running by BF to make sure they have no concerns. Meanwhile what might be an alternate is some of the other suggestions - how about "A Player's guide to playing CM" that is a compilation of knowledge accrued on the forum.
  24. Stylish and stinky. Like good cheese i am not slacking off. Welll not as much as I’d like anyway. Just want to be sure where we are on CMSF2 so you aren’t doing anything unnecessary.