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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. Latest Russian Armament Export Catalog

    Fingers crossed for the Nona and Vena to make an appearance. Also worth noting is Tigr's seem to have the MG and GMG mounted instead of either or.
  2. Stryker vs Bradley

    The Americans might’ve saved 15 years and a lot of money if they just bought LAVs in the first place.
  3. Russian army under equipped?

    Quick question - I’m a fan of towed AT guns (What can I say, artilleryman through and through) is the Russian doctrine surrounding the 2A45M the same as what we have in game with the Ukrainian MT-12? These guns would have the same performance as those on modern Russian MBTs, correct?
  4. Would love to see Mraps:)

    Agreed. What worked for PRTs in Kandahar would not work in the Fulda Gap, and vice versa.
  5. They really do play like a tabletop game, which takes me back. The spotting system is a pain though, as you often end up with a dozen yellow lines on you as soon as you’re spotted!
  6. BMP-3 on the firing range

    My biggest issue with the BMP 3 is weapon choice. I really wish the ATGM, 100mm, and 30mm were used on the right target at the right time, either with better AI or an option like target light.
  7. Let me re-upload. I’m hoping to take a second pass if I get the time. Could not convert any BN maps for the life of me. I’m guessing more unique buildings.
  8. I do miss the gigantic TOE and OOB though. Pz 38(T)s and T-26 in the same game as Tiger IIs would be difficult with the fidelity of the CM2 games.
  9. 3-1 is my baseline. I also try to use formations that would be kicking around in the place, time and situation of the QB.
  10. Wait... really?! Also adding the partisans, co-belligerents and facists would be amazing. Italians before armistice could use a second look as well, lots of missing equipment in CMFI!
  11. Would love to see Mraps:)

    My brigade has ditched all the RGs for LAVs. They were an emergency procurement for Afghanistan and not part of the regular battlegroup.
  12. Porting Maps

    I should get around to re-uploading that... I never could manage converting CMBN maps, if someone wants to take a crack.
  13. BM Oplot needs its ammo choice fixed

    People said the same about Georgia. Nevertheless, Oplot could use some love.
  14. I do wonder if Gary Grigsby has saved that kind of wargame. Can you imagine playing WITE and having to lay out that map and roll dice! Similarly, I can't imagine playing even a small-ish CMx2 scenario with Advanced Squad Leader rules!
  15. Digital camo for Russian soldiers

    What about Partisan or Gorka? I thought those units used some of the more esoteric kit?