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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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    Started playing CMBfN in 2012
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    military history - ancients, medieval, Napoleonic, ACW, WW2
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  1. AAR - A Lesson in Defense

    I concur! Great to see you back to doing these, @Bil Hardenberger!! Can't wait to see more of this. Thank you.
  2. Fury Movie Discussion.

    A problem with realistic WW2 casting is that most of the private soldiers were very young men; 18-20 years old. Company grade NCO's and officers might run as old as 25 or so. Veteran actors are a decade older. War fighting is a younger man's venue. The Iraq War series "Generation Kill" captured that pretty well.
  3. Eh? "Target" already works that way for a deployed mortar section using direct fire LOS against a specific target or general area.
  4. How to Start a Game!

    No, not at all. Your plan just lacked . . . a sequel . . . (which I have kindly provided . . . ) Please proceed with introducing @Zugzwang919 to the joys of H2H play
  5. How to Start a Game!

    Then after completing your initial hazing ritual, err, kind introduction to H2H play, check out The Few Good Men for other opponents to play as well - http://www.thefewgoodmen.com/
  6. What will the next CM be?

    CMNA - Combat Mission North Afrika!
  7. Finally committed

    Then after completing your initial hazing ritual, err, kind introduction to H2H play, check out The Few Good Men for other opponents to play as well - http://www.thefewgoodmen.com/
  8. How to Start a Game!

    Right. If you start the game, you create file 001. It is a password only file. You send file 001 to your opponent and he creates file 002 which only creates a password protected file which your opponent sends back to you. Nothing will happen until you receive his file 002 back. Moving file 002 to Incoming Email and opening as a saved game will then require you to enter your valid password. This is the file you use for your actual set up and first game turn movement plotting. Click the Big Red Button to create file 003 which you send back to him. Rinse and repeat. Your create odd numbered sequential files that you send to him. He creates even numbered sequential turn files that he sends back to you. If the problem persists, try again without entering a password on your first turn. The game allows you to do so. If that works, then the original problem is truly "Incorrect" password on your part. Passwords are English keyboard upper/lower case sensitive alphabetic and number values.
  9. I completely agree that signs and wonders would be nice to see. I completely disagree that "no screenshots equals no progress". Given that Battlefront has a very small staff and must choose between developing the game or developing work in process marketing collateral, I prefer that they focus on developing the game first and then spend post development efforts to market the game when it is ready for sale. I don't mind that what I think doesn't matter though. Battlefront knows better than me what's best for it's business.
  10. That does not compute . . . We'll know it's done when we see it available for sale. I expect after Easter but before Memorial Day. It's not as if I don't have any other Combat Mission games to play while waiting . .
  11. Anyone read For Want of a Gun?

    I think the reviewers get it right; 55% negative / 45% positive. There are a host of anti-Sherman books and essays. In 1943 it was considered a superior vehicle. 1944-45 saw it's weapon and armor passed by. However, no one ever complained that it was unreliable mechanically. The research and development for producing a better tank just took longer than the war lasted. With regard to US Tank Destroyer doctrine, that too shares a host of detractors (myself included) but again, hindsight is 20/20. That doctrine was on its way out before the war ended as well.
  12. been awhile guys...

    Don't you mean v3.12 (v3 up to last patches)?
  13. been awhile guys...

    Sorry for your unhappy events. Hope things work out. Good luck and good gaming.
  14. As @Erwin states, others can address this better. My own experience is that these games will NOT play on any laptop (or PC) solely using Intel integrated graphics. You must have an Open GL graphics card to play them. If I recall correctly, @Bulletpoint had reason to check into this within the past year. These are great games. Good luck getting a PC to play them soon!