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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. This guy is worth a watch

    When discussing the lack of forceful answers to Hitler in the mid to late 1930s, one must also recognize the context of the lives of the men involved. They had all watched in abject horror the greatest slaughter in human history, perpetrated by the much vaunted 'western civilization'. WW1 was in all their minds as they desperately, yet obviously quite naively, tried to avoid a replay of 1914-18. While it's fun to laugh at how foolish Chamberlain et al were, we should also recognize that restraint and diplomacy (especially in Germany & Russia) in 1914 would've made Hitler's later rise to power impossible. His rise was only possible in the post-apocalyptic world left by WW1. And if one wants to look at our own time, compare current US psychopath John Bolton to the one of the greatest, most incompetent warmongering criminals of all time, Conrad of Austria, who more than any other pushed the Europe into WW1 (my source for Conrad comment, A World Undone, by Meyer, a great book on WW1). And when looking at Churchill, I'd say he's good when there's a war -- but war was always the answer for him. So when diplomacy IS the right answer, he is not the one you want. His meddling and micromanaging actually hurt the British war effort in so many ways, so many times, but overall he did provide the leadership that was needed at the time it was needed. In 1914 he's not the type you want. In 1938 he is.
  2. AFV Show & Tell

    omg omg omg omg omg omg wheere can I see this???? They just don't make movies like that, I thought.
  3. that one gun is sure a lot bigger than than other gun
  4. Fury Movie Discussion.

    I bought Fury just to support folks at least making WW2 films, flawed though it was in some areas, I have re-watched it a couple times. As mentioned above, the AT guns at that range would never miss, but I just decided to play along and assume these were bottom of the barrel troops, either old or young or some such. Fury is still better than many of the 1950s/60s/70s ww2 blockbusters. Bought Dunkirk because I want more of the same and was voting w my dollars, like w Fury. Hopefully the fact that Dunkirk made good money and is Oscar bait will get some other films made.
  5. Fury Movie Discussion.

    and by 1945 I think that German soldiers know which end of a tank is pointy. The end scene w soldiers charging tank was disappointing. But it did have tanks! I like that.
  6. Speaking of Normandy battles, here's a book I recently read about 1st day action at the Orne river bridge by Brit airborne troops. What I liked was how it focused on the tactical combat situation. Just like in CM, it's hard with small arms to silence someone w sniper rifle or MG42 a couple hundred yards away in a stout stone building. Also it was interesting just how precarious the situation was until the beach-landed troops linked up. https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00ONZQ6RY/ref=kinw_myk_ro_title It's $9.99 US now, I got it on one of those amazon one day sales for $1.33. was a steal.
  7. Happy New Year's Day! 2018 look ahead

    Sgt Squarehead, yes, oh my, Brits have very good tanks at end of war, like americans. Sure coulda use a few hundred of those heavy gunned, heavy armored beasties in Normandy. In US I know it was Generals McNair (head of Army) & Patton (head of ego) that vetoed any heavies (until overridden finally by Sec of War Marshall).
  8. Happy New Year's Day! 2018 look ahead

    I hear ya Oliver_88. I'm on mission #5 or 6. Did well until the meeting engagement w the german armored recon. That one might need a replay
  9. Happy New Year's Day! 2018 look ahead

    I now realize that you are much like a friend of mine who also goes "into character". And best of luck to you & Blighty. By the way, I have this weird penchant for playing the British in CMBN. So much goofy gear. Goofy helmets, goofy little mortars (quite effective, wish I had more rounds), PIATS (which somehow took out a tiger other day), Cromwell tanks (who thought this was a good idea by 1944?), Bren gun carriers (adorable little things). Currently doing Scottish Corridor.
  10. Happy New Year's Day! 2018 look ahead

    Goodness, my apologies if I misunderstood this. I am very sorry about that and to have sullied you in any way. I was surprised to see someone call for lefties to be killed here and perhaps over-reacted since I didn't understand it. Some of us in the US are a bit sensitive these days when, for example, man that can actually start nuclear war tweets about actually starting nuclear war. I'll leave it and that and return more to listening to the forum than talking.
  11. Happy New Year's Day! 2018 look ahead

    Thanks for that folierdux! Dear Fellow Battalion Commanders, note that I am not looking to start a discussion on left-right, right-wrong, etc. I just want to point out that one cannot assume that everyone who plays and loves wargames is like oneself. So let's be respectful. We are all getting whupped, often, by this game and should therefore feel some shared experience and comradeship. We all feel deeply the loss of our beloved troops -- especially when it's due to our (occasional/typical/endless?) poor command decisions. ('endless' is my experience). And do we not mourn those losses no matter the country for which they fight? I've never been fighting as Germans and cheered as my ranks are decimated by allied artillery, yet I am glad that nazis lost.
  12. Happy New Year's Day! 2018 look ahead

    Lefties hate the IDF? I'm a lefty and have immense respect for the IDF (I've even been to Israel twice on business, amazing place, visited Masada). That doesn't mean I agree with all Israeli policy, or all my own country's policies. Stringing up lefties? You mean the ones who believe in an evidence-based world, not fairy tales? The ones that know that climate change is real, as is evolution, and the world is not just 6000 years old, and that people with non-white skin are also people, as are women? You mean them? The ones that know that war is real and real people die in them (which is totally cool as long as it is not one's own precious self, yes?)? The ones who actually know history because they read books instead of watching TV all day? You mean those folks? Some of them have a full lifetime of interest in military history and therefore love what CM offers. Keep your insults to your f(*&ing self. Let's stick to CM on this forum, there's folks of many differing views of the world here.
  13. I just re-read Team Yankee last year, decades after 1st time I read it. Yeah, that would be great campaign in combat mission!
  14. I suspect Churchills should have much better survivability over shermans. And the 57mm is high velocity. I notice Churchills w 75mm guns are very poor at anti-tank. The sherman is much faster at least. And I suspect way cheaper to build & maintain. Not that this helps the poor crews much. Thanks for doing this, interesting stuff.
  15. How does Men of War compare to CM?

    I played MoW for years. It's fun but it gets kinda old as it becomes very click-driven. Ranges are completely unrealistic. I came to CM because I wanted a more realistic, historically based experience. MoW was fun, and you had to use at least somewhat realistic tactics. I would say get MoW for some fun, quick WW2-lite fun. Then get CM for the real thing. I only play CM for the last nearly 2 years. And have dozens and dozens of battles I haven't even gotten to yet.