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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. Lend-Lease stuff coming soon?

    Only 301 were delivered and these mostly operated on the Southern front, so I wouldn't see them as a priority for BF unless they suddenly decide to do Kursk (which would be awesome IMHO, I'd happily buy a Kursk pack).
  2. British Campaign Briefing Maps

    So it seems the Russians cooperated with the NATO assault in the BF storyline.
  3. AAR - A Lesson in Defense

    Good lord fella, don't be daft.....Appreciate the insights you offer, but the real world has to come first (I know just what you mean about things suddenly all jumping on you at once too).
  4. Weapons: Ukrainian Tanks

  5. Ukrainian "Guardian" Tank Supporting Vehicle

    So, the ultra-rare Drozd APS.....Turns up at random in Azerbaijan: http://gurkhan.blogspot.co.uk/2018/04/5455.html#more
  6. AFV Show & Tell

    You can't do AVREs without including the granddaddy:
  7. AAR - A Lesson in Defense

    I am genuinely intrigued to see what happens here. Something like an unexpected engineer platoon camped out in those farm buildings in reserve could ruin your whole day, but if it's all teams & ammo bearers you might be in.....Then it's a StuG hunt!
  8. Vet Question - Tank infantry cooperation

    Noted in my CM:SF II 'Tips & Tactics' jotter. PS - A couple of first hand anecdotes on the subject of muzzle blast in this thread: http://sturgeonshouse.ipbhost.com/topic/97-afv-coax-thread/?page=3
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    Here's the sum total of that article's commentary on the subject:
  10. AFV Show & Tell

    Trying to figure out what the running gear on the pseudo-Pz.IIIs is.....BMD with holes drilled in the roadwheels maybe? They should have rented this:
  11. Trophy can intercept HEAT....?

    Thanks for the clarification, I vaguely recall seeing something along the lines you describe (the surname Helm rings a bell). Do you happen know any more about the VLS mounted soft-kill systems on the T-14's turret roof.....Surely those have to be designed to defeat top attack weapons such as Spike or Javelin, but how might they go about it?
  12. Just had a tremendous ordnance shock

    @panzersaurkrautwerfer Great post, thanks for bringing a clear perspective to the issue.
  13. The patch?

    So all the other people who are scenario designing, map making, playing and testing the game right now are wrong and you are right? I'm beginning to wonder if you are a loony TBH?
  14. The patch?

    Rubbish.....There are plenty of workarounds to fix the issue and allow testing to proceed. If the balance of a scenario is affected by a later patch, an able scenario designer should have no difficulty whatsoever rebalancing it.....It would not be the first time it's happened after all. How in god's name would v4's issues affect map making?
  15. AFV Show & Tell

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