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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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  1. Might bean idea there Sarge!
  2. Somehow we managed it - but was it a Bridge too Far?
  3. True. The problem is that things are happening so fast at the moment.
  4. One fortification type I would like to see is an anti tank ditch
  5. I wonder what the back story for a CMSF II might be. With such a fast moving real world situation it could be very hard to write convincing back story before the situation changes again. in the bboadest terms however we might be looking at a massive regional conflagration with multiple nations involved including US/Western and Russian intervention forces clashing. In effect the game in a CMSF 2 might be representative of the region being just one theater of a global war. We are however moving to far away from the OP. Oleksander raise a number of good points, many of which I agree with such as extending the time frame to allow for a winter war and including additional fortifications. To his list I might add anti tank ditches and for that matter ICMs/artillery delivered mines. Not essential for enjoyment of the game but certainly would be nice to have. As for the units/equipment list I would suspect some of these would be coming in new modules
  6. One hopes that US and Russian forces never shoot at each other on a real battlefield. However, back in the 1980s in similar Cold War situation moderns table top and board wargamers invariably gamed World War 3 situations in Germany and sometimes in other parts of the World. In the event the real world situation never developed. However it mustbe stated that in both cases we were/are gaming hypothetical situations
  7. What the Russians have probably been doing is combat testing the T-90 in Syria. http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/russian-military-presence-syria-continues-t-90-tanks-spotted-latakia-1519724 One point Ido have to call you on is that CMSF does not include T-80s. I assume however this was a typo and you actually meant T-90
  8. I also tend to be more interested in gaming small unit actions these days (company to battalion level (strongly influenced here by CM games :-) ) so tend to be more attracted to rules like Battlefront WW2, Battlegroup Kursk, Sabre Squadron and 3rd Generation Warfare. So I guess the real answer to your question Michael is that I have simply moved on and that my interests approach has changed :-)
  9. A couple of small things really. First I was not willing to pay the asking price. Second and more importantly I didn't like the change in the time scale from 15 minutes to half hour turns which I did not feel appropriate for armoured warfare. I was happy with the 15 minute turns in second and third editions, copies of which I already have. Finally, by this point I had largely switched to other rule sets, in particular Battlefront WW2 which do a similar job and have online support for moderns up to the end of the Cold War. http://www.fireandfury.com/ This set Command Decision is a good set of rules for regimental/brigade evel gaming and I have enjoyed playing them a lot over the years. I have just moved on now for the most part, though I may still play the occasional CD game from time to time, probably with 3rd edition
  10. I used to play Frank Chadwick's Command Decision rules for many years right up to 3rd Ediion, I parted company with these rule with 4th Edition fir various reasons although I still play the occasional game with 3rd Edition http://www.waynesbooks.com/CommandDecision.html
  11. Excuse the typo! We are all guilty sometimes However I don't wish to know about your mother's proclivities thanks - there are other websites for that!
  12. The use of computerized simulation is interesting. Doesn't the US military do much the same?
  13. We're all nerds! Erm, hate to break it to you but we war game on computer! And many of us are miniature war gamers as well - and probably board games as well!
  14. Every miniatures wargamer has this problem. I have a pile of 2mm Napoleonics (heresy! ) on my work table gradually being painted/repainted for use in multi corps games of March Attack - an 8 x 6 foot table scales to just over 3 miles in the official scale. However my landlord refused t let me knock holes in walls so I could have a bigger table So I had to go down a scale and since I already had quite a few 2mm from my student days,,,, However a won't be trying Fulda Gap or Desert Storm in 2mm I like tanks I can see!