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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. Hell let loose

    I wont post any links due to forum rules, but Im curious to know if there is anyone else that is backing this ww2 First person shooter on kickstarter? Should be easy to find if you search for Hell let loose. I think it looks really interesting. Something to do when waiting for CM pbem turns to arrive
  2. Not a very effective configuration but a very cool detail. With a TRP its possible to order air burst missions.
  3. Some Italian thoughts

    Indeed a great scenario! Illustration of the problems that can arise when not able to split squads. Here I have some Italian black shirts that I want to take cover in a dried riverbed. Only haft the squad moves there and the other half insists on placing them selves on the top.
  4. Updating Shock Force

    Me too! I hope CMSF2 does well and that we might see a new module down the line bringing the French and drones etc.
  5. A great game/simulation and I cant wait for CMSF2 to be released. Its only the advances to the engine that keeps me from going back at the moment (with the promise of CMSF2). I much prefer the setting to CMBS and the possibility to model so many of the modern day conflicts.
  6. Thats not very desirable but it would take some effort to code, or the scenario designer will just make sure not to add aircraft when not appropriate. Same goes for QB, restrain and dont play those who are gamey bastidges.
  7. Huge Bug - "Möbelwagen"

    The animation should probably not be this way, but for AI reasons the vehicles need to have no restrictions for their elevation of weapons.
  8. Thanks for clearing that up for me sypox. I will report back here once I have had them fire a mission. Very limited HE stock so will probably be to limited effect.
  9. I really miss the possibility for nr 6!
  10. Im guessing this is a bug, not sure if its known though. Im playing the second battle in the Foiling Fustian campaign, and the AS42 scout cars with 47mm AT guns show up as available on map artillery assets. Clicking the artillery asset icon highlights the unit on the board. Is this a bug, or am I missing something?
  11. I really like how some German units in CMFI have the Italian SMG (Beretta M38) mixed with MP40. Would love to see this reintroduced to CMRT with the PPSh 41 in the next module. The eastern front just isn't the same without it
  12. Some Italian thoughts

    I wish we were able to split the Italian squads, maybe not in so many fashions as other forces but at least into two 5 man groups. I understand what BF wants to achieve but I think that would still be done with the organization alone and some restriction in the splitting options (no scout, assault, AT options). As the simulation / in game results suffers a bit IMHO with the squads always forced so close together. Fingers crossed. Im really enjoying the Foiling Fustian campaign at the moment that mixes FJ and Italian forces. Really looking forward to Rome to Victory!
  13. Ost Front Books

    It was a facebook link, maybe that screwed it up. The book is called Panzer Krieg (volume 1) German armoured operations at Stalingrad. Covers the 103rd, 129th and 160th Panzer battalions.
  14. S-Granaten

    For bigger guns its available as an option for pre-planned barrages, and in CMFB it is also available for US guns as ordinary missions. But I don't think mortars of 81 mm caliber are included in either case.