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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. Know your enemy

    Actually, I don't think that Belarusian army is so bad. It's for sure in a better state, than the Ukrainian armed forces in 2014. Recently they got some new toys in a cooperation with China. It's supposed to have 300 km range, so it can hit Warsaw from well within their territory. http://www.military-today.com/artillery/polonez.htm The Belarusians are not afraid of Moscow. It's a very russified society, with weak national identity. Most of them probably wouldn't mind if the country was swallowed by Russia. Think of Austria in 1938.
  2. Know your enemy

    Belarusian army trains on the regular basis with Russian army, not with NATO.
  3. Know your enemy

    Belarusian soldiers are getting Acquainted with their potential enemies. Left to right: general Abrams, general Bradley and private Stryker.
  4. Stryker vs Bradley

    First of all, Strykers are probably too small for 120 mm guns. There were enough problems with the 105 mm. Secondly, if you need more firepower, then you have already heavy units equipped with Bradleys and Abrams. Strykers are not designed to conduct heavy, set piece combat. Even if they packed more fire power, then they are not protected well enough. In a regular combat, they would be conducting screening missions and disengage, if heavy enemy force was encountered.
  5. Stryker vs Bradley

    I love when people start comparing Bradleys and Strykers based on their gaming experience The games like CM focus on the actual combat and don't consider issues like logistics and operational or strategic mobility. And those were the two main issues considered, when Stryker brigades were designed. They can be deployed anywhere in the world faster than any other type of unit. They have also were high operational mobility, which was demonstrated during the recent deployments to Baltic States, Poland and Romania. So yeah, keep comparing the armour and weapons of Bradleys and Strykers because it's relevant
  6. Whaaat? How far was the Panther? Somethings wrong here...
  7. I prefer small to medium scenarios but large maps. Small maps are fine for infantry combat but if there're some armoured vehicles, they need more space for maneuvering. But yes, in general I prefer to have less units on the map, because with the level of micromanagement of CM, commanding a large force, would become too tedious and would also distract me from the tactical aspects of the combat.
  8. Late to the show

    Thanks @Badger73 It turns out @JoMc67 is my old CMRT opponent, so we've already started a new Eastern Front PBEM game
  9. Late to the show

    That sounds really good. Let me play a little solo first, to get the feel of Ardennes front and I'll PM you when I'm ready. Would that be ok?
  10. Late to the show

    Thanks for the info gentlemen. I guess soon, I'll see some of you on the battlefield.
  11. Late to the show

    OK, I can live with that In terms of versions, patches, etc are they also up to date?
  12. I'm a little late to the show, I still don't have the FB but I'm planning to purchase it soon. So my question is, if I buy the game, will it be already updated to the latest versions or will I need to look for the patches after I install it? I suppose the game will be using the previous 3.0 engine but that would be ok for me since there are some issues with the 4.0.
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