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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. Naughty or nice... here's some bones!

    Erm yeah I realized that after I posted
  2. Happy New Year's Day! 2018 look ahead

    Did someone already post the one from the Flare Path? (Btw great interview)
  3. Naughty or nice... here's some bones!

    Did anyone post the Flare Path Coverage yet? Includes a screenshot of IS' in the snow! https://www.rockpapershotgun.com/2018/01/19/the-flare-path-catch-of-the-day/
  4. APDS vs AP

    Luckily tanks (and even M10s) used far more HE than AP.
  5. APDS vs AP

    If I remember the 17lbr APDS was devastating, if it could connect with the target. Accuracy left much to be desired but penetration would take care of the big cats with no problem.
  6. Happy New Year's Day! 2018 look ahead

    It's on my reading list. For too much of the Canadian public our military history consists of only Vimy and Juno Beach. I think it's important to remember the Scheldt campaign as that fighting was at least as tough as Normandy if not moreso.
  7. Happy New Year's Day! 2018 look ahead

    I’d be happy to have expanded Italians (flesh out the Sicily ToE, Co-Belligerent, Fascists, Partisans) and Operation Dragoon follow Rome to Victory in CMFI. Of course since Canadians went from Italy to North-West Europe for the end of the war there’s no secret for what I want to see in CMFB...
  8. Matrix has a huge success on their hands with TOAW IV right now, and you’ll notice they have hardly any Pacific scenarios. The market just doesn’t seem to be there, and I say that as someone who appeciates the CBI theatre. As an aside, I like to take Regiment-Battalion scale scenarios and recreate some of the more interesting battles in CM or Steel Panthers WW2/MBT. I hope I’m not the only one!
  9. With the return of hull-down, could there be room for the return of some of the other CM1 commands? I wouldn’t mind something between hunt and assault, for instance and it sounds like advance fit the bill.
  10. Korea might work, since the unit density and TOE isn't radically different from what we have now. CMFI showed that hilly and mountainous terrain works well in the engine.
  11. I can only speak to Afghanistan, but much more time was spent hunkered down because of mortar fire or pot shots disrupting a patrol than pitched battles with the Taliban. In my own experience it was less pinned-down hugging the earth for dear life (most of the time!) and more that, okay we now have to deploy, find cover, form into a section attack and so on. That kind of suppression is modeled pretty well in CM, as you can't carry out a routine move under fire. e: Quick question since a dev has responded - in CM1, how did Human Wave, Assault and Advance work? Did units move differently under fire before?
  12. My Grandfather and Great Uncle fought in the Scheldt, it would be really fantastic to see the Brits and Canadians all the way through VE Day. Comedy Answer - Monty famously claimed that he saved the Americans at the Bulge, I'm sure our American friends would like to be able to play a campaign detailing how that happened.
  13. Happy New Year's Day! 2018 look ahead

    In CMRT, one of the Studabaker crew sits in the back of the truck and not the cab!
  14. Stryker vs Bradley

    Whole lot of people who have never served obsessed with toys ITT What's that saying about amateurs studying tactics and professionals studying logistics...
  15. Happy New Year's Day! 2018 look ahead

    That's amazing! 4.0 made so many improvements I haven't downgraded, but rather been playing only meeting engagements!