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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. Yea basically anyone still playing/ up for a pbem game with a noob like me Zolacat123@googlemail.com
  2. Usefullnes of strategic bombing

    It is also better for destroying entrenchment it takes 2 points off not just 1.
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    ah right thats a shame, thanks for the help though, its a great game just a shame that you sometimes run out of time when you could carry on.
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    Had a go with the campaign editor, it is quite simple to use but i couldn't find any feature that allows the campaign time to be extended.
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    Thanks managed to get it to work and won the match, Once I had got paris his income start to fall and I pushed him back further into Germany Then the time ran out and I achieved victory, are there any mods to take away the time limit
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    Whats the best way to attack and capture paris? Its currently 1946 and its looking like its gona be a draw which is not to bad I don't think, it doesn't look like the axis player is gona be able to take england or usa as he is still stuck in the med and north africa, although he doesn't have to worry about russia which is annoying I have about 3 usa armies on the spanish border I own the port at the top left of france cannot think of its name as im typing this now and I have 2 spare half strength corps near the port. He has a corps in france and in the rest of the french towns but no spare units that can move around. In the economic situation We are currently both got the same amount of income around 400 ish each I have slightly more and within the next few turns when I border my unit next to paris My income will go up considerable and I will have a good economic advantage. I have around 5/6 15 strength air unit on the english coast but the corps in paris has level 6 entrenchment, The problem I've got is that I need to be able to take it very quickly once I make a move, currently the axis player is not trying to push me out of the top of france or spain as he is plowing most of his money into turkey. However, most of my usa troops are being sent to turkey to try to stop the axis from taking it. So once I make a move on paris he will immediately start to buy alot of troops and corps to bolster the defenses there which will make it very hard to take. If I do manage to take it and hold it it will give me a good advantage and If i can hold it till 1947 I think i'll win.
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    Oh brilliant just tried it and so it does, well that has defiantly helped, no if I could just get paris then I might stand a chance of being able to win
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    Hi, Love the game but cannot find any active forums, and I do have a few questions, so i'll fire away and see if anyone still visits these forums. Right so Im playing a hotseat game against a friend and he is axis im the allies he has taken out france, but russia is set to neutral as he has not played the game much to give him a sort of advantage. he took out spain and portugal but i got an american army 15 strength into Gibraltar to stop him advancing into north africa which I have conquered he tried to kill the army but once it got weak I just brought another one across and replaced it in the same turn so in the end he gave up and moved his air units to turkey to start an attack there which is currently still ongoing, I then counter attacked in spain and push him back liberating spain and portugal but my problem is the strategic resources are all at 50% efficiency so the spanish citys only produce 5mpp why is this and yes i have held them for a few turns but they do not recover to full strength.