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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. How Do I Find Other Eos Players?

    Hi Brit, I still have not found any players. I feel like a rookie at a singles bar. If you have any friends who might want to try a multi player PBEM game of EOS, please have them contact me at billb166@yahoo.com. Thanks! BB
  2. How Do I Find Other Eos Players?

    Hi Berto, I live in Texas, but actually lived in Italy for three months many years ago. Italy is actually one of my most favorite countries, really like it there. So I'll see if I can post my email in my profile. Like Brit said I probably won't post my email on this forum page. But it would be great to get a game going. Bill B.
  3. So I have been playing PBEM Empires of Steel with a buddy for a year or so and we want to find other players? How do I do that? should I put an email address in here?
  4. Is this program still being supported?

    We hail you Brit, thanks very much for your continuing support of EoS!
  5. Is this program still being supported?

    Thanks for the reply Schrullenhaft, yeah Brit cleared up a bug for me about 6 months ago but like you say I believe it was not generating enough sales. I still love the game though, so if anyone wants to contact me at billb166@yahoo.com for a PBEM game (assuming we can make it work!) then I am ready.
  6. Is this program still being supported?

    Hi Hans, I am a player in Austin Tx and I also wonder if this is still supported. We are having a problem starting new games. I create a PBEM game, then send the game code to my friend, but when he enters the game code the game does not start for him. We would like to find other PBEM players. That is, only if the game can be fixed!
  7. Server Throttling

    Sorry about my PBEM game taking up your server Brit! That March 07 game is me and a buddy. But if there is another way to do PBEM, like do the turn and then email the turn to each other or something, we can do that too. Can you explain what you meant by "regular PBEM"?
  8. Is excess oil or excess food better?

    I thought so, which is why in one game I quickly sold a lot of oil for food and thus built up my food account to the excess level. So my city populations are growing faster. But the production rate has not changed, I don't think. That is why I want to know the answer to this question. Would it have been better to push oil up to the excess level?
  9. So which is better, to build up your oil reserves or your food reserves? I am thinking that excess oil is better because it increases your rate of production, so you can build your tanks faster when you are in a war. Excess food grows your population, but how does that help? Sure, you might get bigger cities, but unless that also helps the rate of production I am not sure what the big deal is about having larger urban areas.
  10. Marketing Blitz

    You might think about going to some of the Game Cons around the country and setting up a laptop and just showing it to gamers. I am a miniatures gamer, primarily Flames of War (which is WW2), but also other historical miniatures from time to time. I frequent my local game shop here in Austin and when I have time go there and just play old board games. That being said, during the week I like to play EOS at home because it's difficult to set up a game with one of my gaming buddies. I guess what I am saying is that although miniatures gamers primarily like to do miniatures, I am betting that a certain percentage also like to play computer games. And EOS is a prime strategy game which is one of the appeals of miniatures battles. So my thought is to contact that segment of the gaming world through the Cons they attend. There are also several websites and clubs that promote miniatures gaming (and where the Cons advertise) and these sites might post an email or an ad about EOS. I hope you succeed because I do like EOS and would hate for it to die.
  11. Problem with PBEM?

    Thanks Brit, I'll give that a try soon.
  12. Version 1.01.13762 Available

    I want to download the latest versions,thank you.
  13. PBEM player needed

    I'd like to play. Mainly because I am not sure how to get PBEM to work -- just posted a thread today on that.
  14. Problem with PBEM?

    OK, after I get that message then a "Game Setup" window opens that supposedly allows me to plug in the variables I want. I hit OK and a "New Game (Create) window opens. It has a field for a Game Name. Then it says "player keys are used to allow client players to log in to their game. You need to copy these keys and give one key to each player. For security reason they are only valid once." Fine, but when I hit the OK button for this window, nothing happens. Repeated pressin, nothing happens. The player keys are not provided, so far as I can tell.. Someone please advise me what is going on, thanks.
  15. Problem with PBEM?

    I cannot seem to initiate a PBEM game. My version is 1.01 (Build 8164). Do I need to download a more recent version? Because when I go to Multiplayer --> PBEM Games --> New Game (create) I just get a pop up "The Play by Email system is in development. It may be unstable or have problems. You must be connected to the internet while playing a PBEM game..." Well, I am connected to the internet when I try to start a new game, and it still doesn't let me start it. So I am wondering if I need a new version or is this till "in development"??