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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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  1. Even in an untouched forest, there are usually patches that are open and patches that are dense. So it's better to break up forests and not only use light/heavy forest tiles, but also include tall grass and weeds in places, combined with patches of shrubbery. Also I would recommend being careful not to place too many trees in each tile. I find fewer trees make for better looks and gameplay and also it's easier on the computer.
  2. A simpler solution might be to just limit the amount of ammo available to the mortars.
  3. I get what you're saying, but I guess I just have a different approach to this. I like playing with inferior gear and try to make the most of it. Also, was .50 cal used much in Europe in the early war ? I thought that calibre was basically something the Americans brought to the fight later. But I'm no military expert at all.
  4. Hmm.. maybe I'm mixing it up with Frodo having a vision earlier in the books, about a potential future orc invasion of the Shire. In any case, evil powers are causing industrialisation, until Frodo returns it to the bucolic status quo...
  5. I think he was also heavily inspired by the Anglo-Saxon epic poem Beowulf, which he translated. Generally, I see Tolkien's books as not dealing with the particular politics of his day but rather lamenting the modern way of life in general. There's a theme running through the books about the world gradually losing its former magic. The orcs are basically a charicature of industrialisation and industrial warfare. At the end of the books Frodo even returns to the Shire and finds the orcs have been cutting down trees and setting up factories.
  6. Maybe that goes for competitive online shooter games. But in CM, if you have a Tiger, you can be sure the enemy has several guns like the 17 pounder that will go through it like wet cardboard. So there's usually no real advantage in having more powerful tanks. Everything just scales.
  7. Does that mean I don't have to read your posts aloud in a Schwarzenegger accent any more? (I know he's from Austria)
  8. Tolkien wrote his books during WW2, so I'm sure the war weighed heavily on him and influenced his works. As an aside, I think it's quite interesting how the idea of the "Evil in the East" (Mordor) is usually thought to refer to Nazi Germany. But the Nazis themselves also thought they were fighting an evil in the east - the Soviet empire that Nazism was in many ways a reaction to and a consequence of.
  9. Welcome. I recommend putting Kampfgruppe Engel on pause and doing the Task Force Raff mini-campaign if you haven't already done that. Then continue with Road to Montebourg. KGE is quite challenging.
  10. It looks to me as if the gunner is aiming straight for the driver in my video. As it would be rational to do. I find it odd to dismiss this case as an "outlier". The game tracks every bullet, and there's a lot of them hitting the driver here. I haven't counted them, but the odds of not getting killed within the first five seconds in that situation would be infinitesmal. Not 1/10.
  11. I ran into some trouble with CMhelper and want to delete it completely and do a clean reinstall. I tried deleting both "appstate.txt." and the program folder, but when I reinstall, my current games are still displayed in the list. So, the program must save some extra info somewhere. How to completely purge it from my computer?
  12. So we have two cases of "invincible jeeps", both when shot at from very close range. That's when jeeps should be most vulnerable, but seems not to be the case. The gunner is correctly aiming straight for the driver, but the windshield seems to protect him.
  13. Thanks for putting this together, @Pericles. Very well done. It's extremely interesting to see how you went about the scenario, since while designing this thing, I kept imaginging all kinds of approaches the player might take. On the end screen, it shows the Germans have 88 men remaining - well, they do, but most of them are at the back of the map and play no part in the battle. They are mainly there to make sure the AI doesn't surrender early, because in fact the Germans have quite few troops. Most of the contacts on the map are 2-3 guys at most. I tried my best to make the most of them by placing them very carefully and making a web of fallback plans with triggers to avoid them getting flanked and destroyed. Also, I wanted it to play out as a chaotic ambush situation, From your video, it seems I was at least somewhat successful.