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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. Enjoy! At least you can get a nasi goreng kampong for just 2-3 RM. Any decent takeaway food here cost from ~Eur 15,- pp and upwards.
  2. I would advise buying CMBS now and CMSF later when it comes out ;-). The RED forces CM:BS are significantly more competent when compared with RED in CMSF. Engine 4.0 brings a lot of game improvements and of course scenario makers have also learned some new tricks after so many years!
  3. There's quite a lot of info in Steve Zaloga's 'Armored Thunderbolt, The U.S. Army Sherman in World War II', but not sure if it will satisfy your needs. Made a picture of one of the appendixes, but that's mainly covering 75/76mm ratio's among divisions. There are appendices about production numbers of the different variants, strength and losses of various formations, but not really about deployments of specific variants (apart from the M4A3E8 deliveries to 12th Army Group). In the book itself there is a lot of attention on the replacements progress/process chronologically thr ough the war, but not sure if that provides more info compared to what you already have. I can recommend the book if your into Shermans
  4. Soft launch... CMBS Battle Pack 1

    Bought it, started it up, works fine. No time to play it atm unfortunately.
  5. @exsonic01 nice ambushes!
  6. Afaik the building style of churches has a lot to do with the period they were build. The Churches in CMBN/MG/FB look appropriate for Dutch, imo. Although I'm not expert on it, I think many churches are built in the 'gothic' style.
  7. @exsonic01 And the second AT-15 in that salvo was taken out by your APS
  8. Never seen these beforehand!

    I'm hoping your not talking about what I think your talking about. Anyway I've spent plenty of time in London, particularly around bow/mile end. Not sure why you'd want to lay waste to parts of that nice city using a thermobaric MLRS. Makes me wonder what you'd want to do with the neighborhood I live in: Overvecht.
  9. Never seen these beforehand!

    Well there is a difference barrel bombing with the intent to hit civilians vs barrel bombing with the intent to hit combatants. The bombs themselves don't discriminate, unfortunately. Even if I do think that the Syrian regime is a necessary (evil) tool to transition the country towards a future, it's quite obvious Bashar has been mass murdering civilians with just that intent. Are the current Iraqi Shiite clique in power any better? I don't know. To put things in some perspective: the Brits did consciously firebomb Dresden in WWII in order to break the will of the german populace. I think Bashar's motives for barrel bombing certain civilians are similar in nature.
  10. Never seen these beforehand!

    Indeed it is. Basically it's a thermobaric MLRS, I found a decent video showing the characteristics: I suppose it's a very effective platform when assaulting urban positions. It is unfortunate that such systems are used on densely populated area's, but what are the alternatives?
  11. Separatist push/Ukraine shove back

    Well, I for one never said the USA is holy nor that Iraqi Freedom was a good thing. It wasn't. But we were talking about Ukraine in this forum and on this thread. Basically you agreed it was an ordinary land-grab by Russia. So there we have it
  12. Never seen these beforehand!

    They have been firing TOS-1A and whatever is available during city assaults of Tikrit, Fallujah, Mosul. This humvee missile seems like a large crude missile, but abstractly not so different from 155mm incoming for any civilian to be unfortunate enough to be in it's blast radius. Mosul was always going to take a heavy toll on the civilian population. It is winter there now, with temperatures similar or colder than west europe.
  13. Separatist push/Ukraine shove back

    You can't denounce a poll (whatever it's worth) by stating that it is old and the spectrum has changed, without quoting a similar poll showing the results your claiming. PS you misquoted the city where the decisions are being made regarding the war in Ukraine. While Washington has held the strings on most wars since WWII, and probably will do for another 100 years, it is Moscow that is controlling the war in Donbass as it was Moscow that annexed the Krim, without any support from Washington. Or do you claim Washington annexed Crimea?