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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. Ken Burns Vietnam

    I started with an Apple II so no Commodore stuff. I did eventually get a PC and tried "Seal Team" I'm gonna send you a PM.
  2. Ken Burns Vietnam

    Yep, have it, and the supplement that followed. IIRC I think I finally dug up a PDF version too.
  3. Ken Burns Vietnam

    OMFG! I have the old VG “Vietnam” board game too, and like you I admired it but never got to play it. And I have Matrix Vietnam Game too! Haha too funny. In which case it sounds like our interests align, making me redouble my suggestion to have a look at Vietnam: A Television History. https://shop.pbs.org/american-experience-vietnam-a-television-history-dvd-4pk/product/WG26109
  4. Ken Burns Vietnam

    Yeah, sorry, that wasn't schadenfreude, I was hoping you might be able to cancel in time. On the other hand, if I can suggest: have a look at Vietnam: A Television History (PBS). Worth the $ and time. I have it and Ken Burn's Vietnam, and will be watching the show you ordered, later on. It's interesting to see how each approaches the same subject matter. I saw 10000 Day War when it came out so I'm also curious what I will think of it now.
  5. Ken Burns Vietnam

    It’s available for free on YouTube. It’s the 13 1-hour episodes rather than the 26 1/2 hour ones.
  6. You’re not the odd man out - better representation of fortifications is something I’d like to see as well.
  7. What is going on?

  8. What is going on?

    Hardly that. Well, not all of you.
  9. What is going on?

    I love teasers and bones and generally being given some idea of what may lie in store. Like all of you, I want to have some idea what to look forward to. It’s natural. But my experience in software development over the years has repeatedly demonstrated that no amount of information is ever sufficient. What starts with a well-intentioned small hint leads to demands for more information, which may not even exist as the product is still under development. Then the griping starts. Even worse, what one hints at today may end up being dropped or changed substantively, leading to more complaints. No matter how many times one indicates that something is a work-in-progress, expectations are formed, and disappointment is inevitable down the road. I’m no longer surprised at all that developers are cagey. I’ve seen people relentlessly complaining about something that was not developed almost 5 years after the initial speculative announcement that a particular feature was undergoing a feasibility study, not even a planned enhancement. None of this is limited to CM or Battlefront. I’ve seen this repeatedly on quite a number of developers forums over the years.
  10. Ken Burns Vietnam

  11. What is going on?

    I’m with you there. It’s a sandbox, at least in part. You can do so much if you wish, so while I am excited to see my range of options expand with new releases and modules, I’d be already delighted with just base games. Or even just the first. When I get tired of it, I do something else for a while and come back when I’m refreshed.
  12. What is going on?

    Ah, yeah, there is that.
  13. What is going on?

    Why isn’t there any more news? Why aren’t the devs on the forum more? No new releases for...what, X months? They are losing customers, and not making potential new ones every day! The fan base is definitely shrinking, you can see it for yourself. Seriously, devs, snap out if it! What are you doing, just sitting around sipping coffee? I predict that in less than two years they will be closing their doors. It doesn’t take this long to add the sodding feature I want to the game, it’s all practically done already! The above is a sample (edited for style and foul language) of discussions on other developers’ forums. Curiously familiar...
  14. Lots of old warship pics (digitally colorized)

    Wow, Uss Olympia is stunning! Hopefully they'll find the funds to continue her upkeep.
  15. Unofficial Screenshots & Videos Thread

    There's also Flickr.com.