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    PhilM reacted to Probus in Battlefront Poll Updated   
    9. One Engine - CMx3
    game performance improvments, graphics improvements, ray tracing, intermediate distance bitmaps
    additional editor features, dynamic operational campaigns
    additional gameplay features, coop, LoS tool, visible aircraft
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    PhilM reacted to Probus in Battlefront Poll Updated   
    1. Blitzkrieg: 1939-40 
    WWII Early war
    Poland
    France
    (also Finland)
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    PhilM reacted to Probus in Battlefront Poll Updated   
    2. Barbarossa: 1941-43
    WWII Eastern Front
    Can Combat Mission: Barbarossa to Berlin data be used as sort of an upgrade?
    Invasion of Yugoslavia
    Operation Typhoon
    Case Blue
    Blau to Stalingrad
    Warsaw to Moscow
    (also Finland)
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    PhilM reacted to Probus in Battlefront Poll Updated   
    3. Afrika Korps: 1940-43 
    WWII North Africa
    Operation Torch, American North Africa Invasion Libya, Egypt, and Tunis 1942-43
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    PhilM got a reaction from Bulletpoint in Fire and Rubble Update   
    FWIW, I continue to hope that the somewhat slow release schedule is partly because CM3 is being worked on as we speak ...
    I admit to thinking sometimes that the balance of work / "issues" on CM2 is a little off - I guess mainly because of the decisions taken many moons ago over the structure of CM2.
    For example: there are (almost) infinite pains taken to get new release TOE / ammunition load-outs etc right (which is good, of course), but we still have to accept (rather too often for my taste) AP shells exploding harmlessly, repeatedly, on a tree sitting exactly in front of the aiming-point centre of mass of a target AFV.
    I guess that the latter is difficult / impossible to address because of the way the CM2 engine works: but I'd sooner see a solution to that than addressing the correct shoulder patches on the uniforms of *insert nation here* troops in an expansion package.
    Or am I being unfair?
     
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    PhilM reacted to MOS:96B2P in Overpowered Buildings?   
    +1.  I also use this in similar ways especially for high value targets.    
    I'll often have a vehicle for each platoon (jeep, kubelwagon, etc.) on permanent Pause next to the HQ building.  Then I'll plot out the attack axis to be taken by each platoon.  I use the reverse command since the green line is easy to spot among the mostly yellow lines of a platoon's fire teams.  Then the platoons follow the assigned axis of advance.  I use a house rule that the axis can be changed after the scenario start but it costs five minutes (probably to fast for RL) to issue an updated axis of advance.  Then just drag the waypoints to the new axis.  
    I also have a HQ team assigned to call for fire on TRPs.  The team is at the HQ on permanent Pause.  A waypoint is placed on each TRP with a 50 meters circular target arc.  This shows both the location and plotting area of the TRPs.  
    Waypoints & their lines with permanent Pause can be used for many interesting things.     
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    PhilM reacted to Erwin in Fire and Rubble Update   
    This imbalance during the ever increasing attempts to sim "realism" is something that has become more obvious as time passes.  Yes, it's wonderful that every rivet on a tank or uniform items for "July 1944" are accurate.  But, we also have other longstanding issues that are quite major that BF is unable to solve eg: troops panicking in "unrealistic" directions, weird LOS phenomena, pathing issues, and other items that we're not sure are bugs or simple eccentricities of the engine. 
    One gets the feeling that the CM2 game engine has gotten so complex/unwieldy that solving one issue often gives rise to some other problem.  I recall the frustration re CM1 becoming problematic which led to the development of CM2.  Am wondering if CM2 is now headed in that same direction and may be becoming too cumbersome for its own good. 
    I note that after all these years of CM2 development I am unable to get any CM2 game to run on my brand new vanilla Win 10 machine.  Installation issues should have been solved many years ago.  Really hope that CM3 is on the horizon.
     
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    PhilM reacted to Baneman in Fire and Rubble Update   
    The problem with making a realistic game ... reality is complicated. ( and really big  )
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    PhilM reacted to RepsolCBR in Fire and Rubble Update   
    Jepp 😎
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    PhilM reacted to Bud Backer in Error message: cause and solution?   
    Sorry about that! The artillery Corps wanted to calibrate their guns and... well that happened...
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    PhilM got a reaction from Bud Backer in Error message: cause and solution?   
    Hey @Bud Backer ... if you were going to demolish the whole town, I think the regulations require that you apply for the relevant permit before you begin ... 😊
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    PhilM got a reaction from LongLeftFlank in Use the back door!   
    One "fix" - to my mind - that I've mentioned over the years and seems to me (well, it would, wouldn't it!) to be easier to implement is to be able to select a unit and its movement waypoint(s) as plotted by you and then hit a command to "force' the pathing algorithm to run and show you the route and waypoints that will actually be plotted by the A.I. for that unit only ...
     
    If it shows that the unit will actually take a path that's different to what you want / expect, you can "think again" ...
     
    As the intended route will only be based on what the unit already knows before the turn starts (and before it reacts during the turn to enemy fire), it doesn't seem to contradict FOW?
     
    And its using only the pathing routine that will run when you hit go ... so requires no new features as such; and is voluntary and for use as you decide or not, so will slow down moves only as much as you let it?
     
    Cures AFVs thinking they won't fit through gaps in buildings, impassable terrain, etc and going the long way around via LOS to the enemy? And building entrances, like this?
     
    Unless the pathing routine won't work in a "preview" mode like that?
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    PhilM reacted to Bud Backer in Trees. I hate them.   
    Reminds me of when a tree took all the punishment instead of my T90...
     

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    PhilM got a reaction from AncientForest in Use the back door!   
    One "fix" - to my mind - that I've mentioned over the years and seems to me (well, it would, wouldn't it!) to be easier to implement is to be able to select a unit and its movement waypoint(s) as plotted by you and then hit a command to "force' the pathing algorithm to run and show you the route and waypoints that will actually be plotted by the A.I. for that unit only ...
     
    If it shows that the unit will actually take a path that's different to what you want / expect, you can "think again" ...
     
    As the intended route will only be based on what the unit already knows before the turn starts (and before it reacts during the turn to enemy fire), it doesn't seem to contradict FOW?
     
    And its using only the pathing routine that will run when you hit go ... so requires no new features as such; and is voluntary and for use as you decide or not, so will slow down moves only as much as you let it?
     
    Cures AFVs thinking they won't fit through gaps in buildings, impassable terrain, etc and going the long way around via LOS to the enemy? And building entrances, like this?
     
    Unless the pathing routine won't work in a "preview" mode like that?
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    PhilM reacted to para in THE PANDEMIC CHAT ROOM   
    Didn't your CIC say that under 100k would be a good result also?
    Don't know what im getting all uppity about Boris and his merry men have managed to **** up our response also. although we have many here in the UK saying he's  done a great job. ffs
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    PhilM reacted to sburke in THE PANDEMIC CHAT ROOM   
    Not really different than the climate change debate. We have known for decades it is a reality.  TheN big oil started flooding lobbyist and politician pockets with cash and the denial movement kicked off. Denial was never about science but rather corporate interest. 
     
    the current problem is based in the whole “fake news” phenomena which again is nothing more than propaganda to be able to deflect. It has inevitably taken on a life of its own in that folks now live in their own bubble where “belief” trumps research.  While it is mostly something that many view as a Trump/conservative supporter issue  (in large part based on climate debate) I personally think you can’t paint it quite that way.  I think we all tend to bias these days. 
     
    as to the snowflake expression. I really detest it.  Part of what defines us as human is empathy and the use of that expression by any side seems to be the very denial of the best part of our human selves.  
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    PhilM reacted to sburke in Error message: cause and solution?   
    yeah CM email is sensitive to a number of factors in file naming.  Best to create a really simple name for the game save that is recognizable but has no special characters, is short etc.
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    PhilM reacted to Bud Backer in Error message: cause and solution?   
    Everything is working from my end, so I think the name thing is the issue
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    PhilM reacted to Sgt_Grunt in Mac Catalina 10.15.4   
    Yes started doing it again for me as well, you just need to leave it bouncing in the tray for a few minutes...very strange!
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    PhilM reacted to Ultradave in Mac Catalina 10.15.4   
    Ok. Just thought I'd mention it since someone in the beta boards noted it as a new issue. Glad it's working.
     
     
     
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    PhilM reacted to Ultradave in Mac Catalina 10.15.4   
    Good news!
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    PhilM reacted to Ultradave in Mac Catalina 10.15.4   
    Hmm.  I'm stumped. Can't think of what is (or was) happening.
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    PhilM got a reaction from Bud Backer in Mac Catalina 10.15.4   
    Ha! I was hoping not to be able to re-start CMSF2 to have a get-out clause from the drubbing you are currently giving me in our PBEM ... 😢
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    PhilM reacted to Bud Backer in Mac Catalina 10.15.4   
    Rather odd but I can't open CMFI, CMRT, and CMFS2. CMBN, CMBS and CMFB all work fine. 
     
    Edit: Never Mind. I had another app that was causing a problem, once it was closed all worked fine. Sorry, Phil, I was hoping to help you out but I had no luck. 
    However... 
    if you go into \users\PhilM (or whatever your personal user folder is) at the bottom you may see some files with gobbledygook names that are just unintelligible. Those files are error logs. If you submit a ticket include those files. 
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    PhilM reacted to Wicky in Mac Catalina 10.15.4   
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