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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. Donetsk Airport map

    That's a very good idea. Let me know when you have done it. Cheer
  2. Donetsk Airport map

    You can visualize a 3:30 minutes video of the battle of 1 hour I fought against the Russians attacking my airport positions. The setting of the forces is set at Medium. I think that a higher setting will slow the game and too many troops on the map will not help at all the player. Beside it will be unrealistic IMHO.
  3. Donetsk Airport map

    Thanks Splinty and Erwin. If you notice anything wrong, please let me know and give as much detail as you can cheer
  4. Donetsk Airport map

    Being away with only my tablet and with the expert help of Bootie the file is now available at FGM. www.thefewgoodmen.com/tsd3/download/Donetz-airport-4550-x-2700attack.zip Have a good playing time. Thanks again for your renewed patience all along the WIP time.,
  5. Donetsk Airport map

    Bootie, please check your in box for a message. Up to now I have not received your mail ? Remaining Greg
  6. Donetsk Airport map

    No mail up to now, will check again tomorrow morning Cheer
  7. Donetsk Airport map

    Thanks Bootie. However I have not received, unless I have made a mistake, any spam having something to do with my request. Could you send a Copy of it in BF message. I am away from home, till 22nd or 23rd July, with my tablet and I have An erratic internet connection ! Upon its receipt I will attempt to load the file. Remaining, Greg
  8. Donetsk Airport map

    Still awaiting an answer from FGM about my request for an author account that would enable me to upload the file. I made it last Wednesday. Hope it won't be too long now.
  9. Donetsk Airport map

    Name of the QB map: Donetz airport (4550 x 2700)attack.btt Thanks to all of you for your renewed patience along these long months. Just one more effort, I have sent my request to be an author with FGM. I should have done it earlier, but RL made me let it aside ! So, right now I am waiting for the administrator to open my account and hen I will be able to upload the QB Map. Finally, the map size is 4550 x 2700. I have made some testing but if something sound weird, well just let me know. I rushed the final testing in order to be able to release it before leaving. I might not be able to do it, but once I will get the account, I will do the utmost to do it very quickly. I have to remind you that the Red side (the Russians) is attacking the airport and that the Blue side (the Ukrainians) is defending it and or counter attacking. I have noticed that since the map is long it takes some time for the tracks and or vehicles to move in position. I think that it will be best to play the Ukrainian side and to do so in WEGO in order to have a good Situation Awareness. Beware not to set the time limit too low. I think that one hour is the least that should be used, considering the time it takes to move the units. In any case if some of you are not satisfied by the size of the map, it can be copied and then modified to what please you the most. I think that the battle will be very different from what I have seen on some QB map. That being the result of its size. Let me know what you like and or dislike on it and while playing it. Your remarks are highly needed in order to improve a designer ability and to make him also aware of its errors. All of us are doing some and the best way to get rid of them is to know about them, right ? No. I will open a new post for the map as soon as it is uploaded. A last thing. I have not done any briefing. Have a good and numerous time playing it. Just do not forget to give me credit of it if you are using it differently. Cheer
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    Thanks Haiduk, your post is just on time for the name to be corrected. I am testing QB right now. Release map size will be 4550 x 2700. If nothing wrong happens I think I could upload it tomorrow. Chudacabra, I will do a scenario later on, but I will not do a campaign. IMHO the core units are difficult to set correctly, since you can never be sure of the amount of casualties an that will offset the reinforcements you have thought might be needed.
  11. Donetsk Airport map

    Great news, I am nearing the end of the first Donetz QB Map 3900 x 2700. The next one, 6300 x 2700 will be covering the end of the runway, all the way down to Pisky (see the map). My intent is to release it before I leave early thursday morning. I only have to finish the red tinted are of Vesele. That should not take too much time, since I only have houses to put in. I have had to restrain myself putting down too many flavor object, since they will take their part of load on the CPU. I prefer to let you have some game fluidity instead of too many details, which will not help you, while fighting a battle. The following pictures will show the landmarks of the Donetz airport area and some will be able therefore to set up their battle the way they like. I will not pretend that this is the most accurate map which has been ever done about Donetz on CMBS, but it is close to what I dreamed of when I decided 2 years ago to make it. It was a painful and slow work, due to some testing and numerous leaves away from home. I also, had to let aside the first WIP done following a scale error I had made while using an overlay. That was a good lesson and believe me I have not done, ever since the same mistake. I really hope that you will found in that QB map what you are expecting and that you will play numerous battles on it. I will post the download link as soon as possible. Cheer
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    Good point Combatintman. Since ancient times the Infantry (dismounted) has always been considered and rightly called the Queen of battles. Now that we have mounted Infantry, parking lots seem a necessity. No parking lots, no Infantry. At least it should work that way ...
  13. Donetsk Airport map

    Following Combatintman advice I have added ground marking and even runway lights. Sincerely I had not thought of it, so I can thank him for pointing it to me Here after some pictures : Runway, jetway facilities and view of industrial areas.
  14. Donetsk Airport map

    Hi Combatintman, Just sent a Dropbox link on your BF Email box Cheer
  15. Donetsk Airport map

    Hi Combatintman, I will gladly accept your offer. Your runway looks pretty good and more realistic. Thanks a lot