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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. What is going on?

    A great tip I learned from playing Sengoku Jidai at its hardest setting against the AI is to give the AI a 150% point advantage. Thus, when I'm defending in a QB, I increase the AI's points by 70%, and when I'm attacking, I reduce my own points by 40% - which result in 170% and 167% point advantages for the AI. You won't believe the satisfaction I get when I score a total victory. [I have experimented with even greater advantages for the AI, with mixed results. At the highest point advantages possible, I have been able to attain a few total victories only when playing as US against RUS in CMBS.]
  2. Tactical Lifehack

    You gentlemen may find the following threads - among others - of interest: I remember Sublime sharing the tip that the 'cheapest' arrangement in QB is to have MANPADS teams 'man' the BMPs. Steve was of the opinion that breaking up the section to man the commander's station is gamey, as it goes against doctrine. On the other hand, Vladimir Tarasov stated that as a VDV section leader, he would have asked a member of his section to man the commander's station of his BMD when he dismounted, if necessary.
  3. Tactical Lifehack

    If Stugna spots even better than the Bulat, I wonder if this is simply because it isn't buttoned up, or if the launcher does have a fancy sight. @Haiduk is the man to ask. The T-64 can, of course, take out BTRs with HE, though one can ask if it's earning its keep if all it does is eat BTR. The question I asked about 'bot spotting' has to do with the fact that it's considered 'gamey.' [CM veterans may want to chime in here.] If you want the T-64 to engage contacts spotted by the Stugna, you're supposed to wait for the Stugna to share that info with the T-64; otherwise, you're giving the T-64 gunner telepathic powers. You can improve contact sharing by attaching a team to a tank or vice versa. Keep safe and sound!
  4. Tactical Lifehack

    Are you using the Stugna? If so, does it have thermals in game? Wouldn't this be 'bot spotting?' Also, wouldn't the tank simply shoot HE if you gave it an area target?
  5. CMRT TacAI Engine Comparison

    We do have this:
  6. Jon writes about war

    Jon, I fear you may have thought I was taking a jab at you; the jab was at the authors of the articles you cited in your footnote. The factual mistake may not affect your argument, but is that true for their arguments as well? Moreover, anyone who hasn't watched the film closely may well come to believe their false version, given the authority of academic publication. Actually, it formed the very basis of the prof's new reading of a certain literary text. Her unfounded assumption that one character was serving in the Guards allowed her to claim that another character related to him represented the Russian Crown. Without the hussar=Guards equation, her reading simply falls apart. And yes, I have checked her publications and she has since published the paper in a book by a most prestigious academic publisher. Which means that not only did she, a world-class academic, knowingly publish false information, but also that the peer-review process and her editor in the very least never questioned her hussar=Guards equation. It also means that there is now this authoritative false knowledge out there which will be cited by others and grow into more false knowledge. Sorry to take your thread OT - I feel strongly about this since I believe contemporary fake news/alternate facts/relative truths have their origin in Deconstruction, and how many humanities scholars took advantage of it to slither into positions with $$$$$$ salaries.
  7. Jon writes about war

    Just wanted to point out that Willie isn't the one who kills Mellish. See here: http://www.sproe.com/s/steamboat-comparison.html As a former PhD candidate in the Humanities, I'm not surprised by scholars not only misreading the text, but consciously ignoring it to push their arguments. I once told a prof after a presentation her premise that a fictional 19th century Russian character being a hussar meant he was serving in the Guards was factually incorrect. She thanked me, and went on to present the exact same paper at an international conference. I bet she's already published a whole book out of it.
  8. Thank you for this; as someone who loved the original Patton's Best, I had to check it out. Having gone over the website and the manual, I can mention two significant improvements over the original game: - In Patton's Best, which was designed as a purely solitaire game, any spotted German tank was treated like a Tiger I and ATG as an 88 for all combat resolutions until they were identified, at which point they were most likely to turn into the far more docile Pz IV and Pak 40. I felt this placed undue emphasis on identification, since real tank crews must have known the rarity of enemy equipment. It is my understanding from Armoured Commander's manual that this problem is solved by the computer 'knowing' the true type of equipment you're facing, even if you don't. - Armoured Commander includes two campaigns: Patton's Best with the 4th Armored Division and Canada's Best (hence the 'armoured' ) with the 4th Armoured Division. Other than serving as Canuck-bait, the inclusion of a Canadian campaign finally provides context for commanding the Firefly, which was included in the original boardgame as a hypothetical curiosity item. In the original game, Fireflies were priority targets for German gunners.
  9. Other than recycled footage that has already been posted in this thread, all identifiable ISIS targets in the video are FSA. I could not positively ID the target of the BMP attack, but the vehicles were not dispersed as normally practised by Turkish forces operating in Syria. Turkey has leased the FSA a number of APCs and trucks, which are still painted in the original Turkish camo of Dark Yellow / Olive Drab. This is the infamous 'Turkish soldier burning' video, which ISIS released on December 23 following the heavy Turkish artillery and aerial bombardment of Al Bab on December 22, which was in response to the losses ISIS inflicted on the Turkish forces on Aqil Hill on December 21. Even though ISIS presented it as an act of revenge, the video was certainly filmed earlier as there is no snow on the ground. The ISIS fighter speaking Turkish in the video is a known Turkish national who has joined the organization. The Turkish military has rejected the claim that the two individuals who were burned alive were its members; one of them has subsequently been identified by Turkish intelligence as a missing Turkish national who was suspected of having joined ISIS. The two are wearing Turkish army battledress, which is freely sold commercially, but otherwise lack all unit and rank insignia; notably, the 'NCO' claims to belong to the gendarme, not the army as his 'uniform' suggests. The two men's self-introductions as supposed Turkish soldiers lack the usual jargon, and they do not identify their units. As indicated by BBC's piece on ISIS's grooming and brainwashing of children that I had posted in the general discussion forum [reposting here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/resources/idt-sh/an_education_in_terror ], nothing is too low for this organization, and there is a hierarchy between their members in terms of the real bosses versus those who are meant to be wasted. Therefore, I wouldn't be surprised if those two men joined ISIS and were tricked to take part in the video thinking it would only be roleplay.
  10. ISIS a bunch of losers!

    Excellent new BBC piece on ISIS's grooming and brainwashing of children: "An education in terror" http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/resources/idt-sh/an_education_in_terror "His days with the caliphate were coming to an end. The final straw was when an IS fighter from Algeria picked him up, accusing him of smoking. It was late at night, and the fighter forced Omar into the back of a car to rape him. ... But perhaps, the most Machiavellian of the Islamic State’s subversions can be seen in its teaching of the Koran. IS instructs its teachers to link verses to the non-mainstream jihadi concepts being taught in its classes, in many cases even providing them with page numbers and exact references. “Prepare for teaching this verse by teaching your students that a believer’s aim of jihad for the sake of Allah is either victory over the Kuffar (infidels) or death for the sake of Allah,” one instruction says. By the time their primary studies are over, it is possible that this systematic practice made children correlate, maybe even confuse, between the doctrine and the Koran, the universal Holy Book of all Muslims. As a result, children would have seen any other Muslim not following the same doctrine as an apostate. ... Hard numbers are difficult to come by, but at least 2,000 children became Lion Cubs of the Caliphate - child soldiers for the IS war machine, and many thousands more were manipulated and turned towards jihad in IS classrooms. They are victims, and some are a threat. Almost all are left at the very edges of whatever society they now inhabit. And there is a danger of them re-offending, says Dr Mia Bloom. “It’s not the recidivism one would expect. These kids can be funnelled into criminality, they have all the skills for it. They end up in criminal gangs, not terrorist groups.""
  11. Russia Light Infantry

    I should have used qualifiers: While decisive action between capital ships was relatively rare in WW2 in comparison to air and submarine attacks. I'm not sold on the BC concept, though. They required funds that were just short of a battleship and considerably more than a cruiser, so CM QB junkies like myself can feel the dilemma. No wonder the BC concept eventually merged with the 'fast-battleship,' which is how I would classify the Iowas - and the Hood, which is why I didn't mention her demise as an example. Indeed, Panzer's input on SBCTs increasingly getting cross-attached with armour in training goes to show that 'filling in all the gradations' in the force structure isn't the best approach. Now I have an itch to play HPS Sims' Future Force.
  12. Russia Light Infantry

    While ship-on-ship action was rare in WW2, the last battles of the Scharnhorst and Kirishima serve to illustrate Panzer's point about existing "on a razor's edge" - one unfortunate brush with a battleship and down to the bottom of the sea. That being said, one game on my hard drive that I hope to play some day is War Plan Orange - precisely to ponder questions like this. But the naval discussion is also relevant to the topic if we think about the 'guerre de course.' For more than two centuries, first frigates, then cruisers were built for a role that was the naval equivalent of motorized light infantry, and yet there are no surface vessels fulfilling that role today. The explanation seems to be simply that any surface vessel attempting to do so would be promptly detected and annihilated. Thus, in line with Apocal's historical approach to the topic, once technology prevents you from sailing/steaming/riding/driving off and disappearing after the 'hit-and-run' attack, the role ceases to exist. Now, 'hybrid' light infantry, on the other hand...
  13. CMRT TacAI Engine Comparison

    +1 My experiences with this in the game weren't tests, but I've certainly had many instances where troops weren't running away because of tree bursts. Also, as I mentioned in my post back in January 9, there's an operational aspect to this behaviour. Foxholes may be readily abandoned, but trenches represent significant investment [historically, 'investment' was a military term that made its way into economics] by both the troops digging them and the command ordering them to do so, and should not be abandoned unless troops holding them outright panic. [And WW1 serves to show that troops will hold out in trenches under hellish bombardment.]
  14. CMRT TacAI Engine Comparison

    For what it's worth, my thoughts on this from January 9:
  15. I read just one work of Heinlein's as a teenager, but I would still recommend it over many classics of world literature after all these years.