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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. What is the deal with the Russian naval units in this campaign? They are worthless. Time and again I try to attack an Allied naval unit with a full strengths unit and it disappears in a puff of smoke. It makes it difficult to mount much of anything, the lack of naval powere eventually drags me down every time. Comments?
  2. I downloaded a gold bundle today. I thought I would be getting the basic game plus the additional campaigns such as the 1948 WWIII. All I got was the basic four campaigns. Sorry, I am very confused. The website store listing appears these are included. Are they included someplace other than the start menu? Also I never got any confirming email other than the one from Paypal when paying for it. Appreciate any advice. Have started a ticket also.
  3. Old Customer returning need Help

    OK here is what is so confusing to me. This probably seems simple to old hands on here but it looks as if I have to install the Assault on Communism and Democracy scenarios as updates to the SC game I already have installed. That game was downloaded two years ago and patches, etc have been added since. I worry about the add on scenarios not running or installing correctly accordingly. Has anyone else been able o accomplish this with no problems?
  4. Old Customer returning need Help

    I opened a ticket. We'll see..
  5. Old Customer returning need Help

    I contacted someone at the mail address supplied right after on 1-28, did get a reply with a promise to get back once they found my information, nothing since. Not looking good, guess. I do have the games running on my desktop and paid for them. Seems I should be getting better than this. Actually I think playing these game on a laptop, at least the one I have is a lost cause. I downloaded a demo of Global Conflict and it always freezes up after a couple turns. Currently I am interested in adding Assault on Communism and on Democracy to the existing GC game I have on my desktop. Since I bought the version I have over two years ago I wonder if I'd be better off starting over with a full version download including the two scenarios? Seems like it wouldn't cost much more than just adding the updates. Hope to hear soon, either from someone at Battlefront or on here- getting very frustrated.
  6. Old Customer returning need Help

    OK thank you for the email address.
  7. I have three games I purchased by download between one and four years ago. Strategic Command Global Conflict, WWI and Pacific Theater. I still play them regularly and now have a laptop i'd like to try playing them on. I cannot locate the emails with the download links or codes. Am I out of luck here? Sorry to post such a basic question here. I did search around on your site for help information and couldn't see what I needed. Many thanks.
  8. I have played this as Axis up to mid 1943. UK long ago surrendered- I am in firm control of the Atlantic, US is a belligerent but is mostly just piling up points- not assisting the USSR at all. I have occupied Leningrad, Moscow and Stalingrad, the capitol moved to Perm- I overran that two turns ago- the USSR just keeps chugging along. I bypassed some cities to get to the capitals and now the USSR points are going to building up forces in those areas. I'd like to play this to some sort of victory conclusion but am wondering if that is even possible- ideas?
  9. Axis of Evil

    Bill- belated thanks! I did as you suggested and made the USSE cooperative with the Germans. It makes all the difference. I am able to do German naval builds in Soviet Pacific ports as well as move ground/air forces via operation to the Far East. I am now running a test game and am up to mid 1943; The Axis are mopping up. I never would have figured out how to change that setting, it is appreciated!
  10. Axis of Evil

    OK everybody- not all at once, now!
  11. This is a favorite scenario for this game but I need some input- is it possible to win as the Axis (Germany, Italy and USSR as allies)? Usually I start out well- quickly overrun W Europe. The big problem seems to be in the Far Eat. The USSR has to carry the load in that theater and seems positioned badly to do so. It only has two ports to deploy Nval forces or to create and launch amphibious operations from. What happens is I get a declaration of war from China after overrunning Manchuria then quickly get bogged down there. I seem to be on the verge of conquering the Japanese mainland but just cannot quite get it done. Meantime the US is churning out transports with ground forces and getting a lot of them through to China. Would I be better off ignoring China, even with a war declaration? One thing that could help would be if I could transport German forces to the Far east using the 'operate' method but I cannot seem to move them over USSR territory. Input welcome.
  12. License Issues on reload

    I bought it on Ebay back in 2010. The motherboard went out on my old system and a tech backed up my files to a program he included, I can access it from my desktop. I found the SCGC stuff and there is no file corresponding to the name- receipt.txt. I don't recall getting any manual with the game now that I think about it I don't think there was even a box. Obviously there had to have been a code I had from someplace to get it running but I doubt it's going to be found. I am screwed. I understand the reasons for doing this but it is so terribly frustrating. I have the game downloaded and just can't launch it and probably never will.
  13. License Issues on reload

    Probably. However- I no longer have the box. I know- real dumb. I think I'm screwed here..
  14. I was running SCGC until a crash last week, have had to reinstall. I obtained my game from a disc I bought- I think at a retail outlet a couple years ago. It downloaded fine but I now have no idea how to get past the 'license' screen. I have searched and cannot locate the documentation needed to activate. Suggestions?
  15. I just redownloaded WWI and wonder why Storm over Europe is not included as before? Also I have no options to choose the game counters for my units, just two options of miniatures. Any idea how to get that option back? Is the Storm over Europe no longer part of this game?