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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. Gotta be one of the best Campaigns I've played ever in all of Battlefronts Titles. The attention to detail, the map work and playability are simply brilliant. Could have done with some more Grenadiers to make it easier for me but that could have diminished the sense of achievement. Great job, thank you.
  2. Festung La Gleize

    What a wonderful feature that import campaign units is! Thanks again
  3. Festung La Gleize

    this is why I enlisted the help of experts. I know my limitations. Cheers chaps!
  4. Building a scenario based around La Gleize / Cheneux / Stoumont from 20th December and I have a couple of questions around KG Peiper's order of battle at that time. 1. Did he have any SP Arty (Wespes.etc), or was it all Towed? 2. Were elements of the Fallschrimjaegar still with him? 3.What towed AT PaK weapons did he have available, if any? I'm using the master map provided in game which is amazing, but with damage from the previous fighting, so destroying church tower, viaducts. Any info on the weather for the valley at that time would be great, probably going thick fog or light fog/drizzle. Thanks in advance
  5. AT-6 from a Russian Hind streaks towards a T64 attached to 3rd Company, 14th UKR Mech Brigade, 31st Aug, 15:25pm. Fortunately the crew already bailed, before the inevitable fireball. I know its still a loss, but it feels like a win when the AI goes after kit already out of action. Pic from the CCTV security camera in the CO-OP supermarket loading bay, Henwick Road, Worcester, hence the dodgy quality. Shameless plug for..... http://www.thefewgoodmen.com/tsd3/cm-black-sea/cm-black-sea-add-ons/summer-in-the-city-by-the-forger/
  6. Summer In The City

    Order some Papa Johns and collect on route! 3rd Company rolling in with air support.
  7. Summer In The City

    Thank you. Would be good to get your feedback on how you found the AI dispositions.
  8. Summer In The City

    North of Hallow on way to Holt. Again off map to the North. Been a fan of CM for years but only recently started putting scenarios together. I published Korsun 2017 earlier this year.
  9. Summer In The City

    Thank you.... I enjoyed putting it together, never realised how many Churches we have. Found myself studying terrain and LoS on my way to Sainsbury's No probs, let me know what you need. I like the idea of the SJLA, maybe a future update? Looking to put together a scenario or campaign around Mariupol, maybe "a day at the beach?"
  10. Summer In The City

    http://www.thefewgoodmen.com/tsd3/cm-black-sea/cm-black-sea-add-ons/summer-in-the-city-by-the-forger/ Uploaded a scenario to the above. Map based on Worcester, UK. Its a bit of a monster TBH. Blue versus AI with 5x AI plans. H2H maybe a little easy for the Russians. Hope people download and enjoy it, or at least appreciate the level of effort required!
  11. https://www1.udel.edu/armyrotc/current_cadets/cadet_resources/manuals_regulations_files/FM 5-0 - Army Planning & Orders Production.pdf Thought I'd share this doc on planning and developing orders. May be alone, but I found it interesting!
  12. Confused customer

    maybe a slight exageration on my part but..... modern day, westernised landscape brings a chilling reality intensity, stay put not an option, movement=high risk, low margins of error you have to be tactically spot on in your decision making modding community, do an exceptional job for additional sound and visual realism and then there's the tech which is generally pretty awesome. Would love to see additional modules....Poles, Baltics, NATO, Scandanavian, Turkey Fulda Gap/Team Yankee, Kursk would be earlier titles I'd look forward to, but I buy 90% of what they produce regardless.