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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. That is indeed very sad to hear. I was so excited that maybe we could convince him to try it. I love his content. Heck, he was streaming Hearts of Iron 3 last week. Figured he would at least give an opinion from the videos or something considering he is focused on this type of material. Oh well, thanks for trying guys. Maybe one day down the road we'll see something.
  2. Hello! I have been watching Military History Visualized for quite awhile. (Possible 2-3 years I believe). I have watched every single one of his videos ever since I've subscribed to him and I remember there was this video him playing and discussing the Steel Division game. I commented on there as well as a couple others in which we mentioned Combat Mission and other games such as Graviteam Tactics. I remember seeing a reply to one of the comments and he does know about them I believe. He mentioned that the reason why he hasn't covered them yet is because he has limited time to play games for himself and to analyze them. I'm sure from remembering his comment that if we could get a lot of people to comment on one of his videos to ask if he would cover Combat Mission OR if someone perhaps is a Patreon of his, he will probably answer a question if you have it. Anyways, just my two cents. He's got great content and always makes us history lovers appreciate his work. Really wish he would give his opinion on CM and it's accuracies...
  3. Good news to hear. Always happy when we get an update.
  4. Well first off, welcome to the community! Combat Mission games capture those small things about WWII very well and I can agree that wanting to understand the equipment is important. There are many things around the internet that offer very detailed reports describing the equipment in greater detail. I'm sure someone here will come along and link you some familiar stuff, but if you're willing to take a look you can find some decent encyclopedias to get you started. I personally just learned from experience after many years of WWII games what weapons are generally used for what. Some of the larger artillery assets could definitely immobilize a tank and if a lucky hit could penetrate most tanks top thinner armor. To be honest, I'm not sure of the specifics and I'm sure someone around here could tell you more. To give you a general idea though, yes using larger artillery assets against tanks is the way to go if you expect them to cross a certain path and want to risk their movement or slow them down. Even today, I'm still learning small differences between a WW1 and a WW2 artillery piece because many WW1 heavy artillery were used in WW2. It comes down to a shell is a shell and if it hits, it is going to hurt. More than anything, the minor stuff that we don't see such as the recoil of the artillery is what makes the largest difference between a more modern artillery equipment. There is more to it than that, but that is usually simulated with long calling in times for your spotter I have noticed. (I believe that is what I have noticed and I could be wrong) In any case, that's my little answer, not exactly answering specifically as I'm not an expert but hope it gives you something until someone better can do the job. Welcome again, and if you ever want a PBEM opponent, hit me up on the Few Good Men and send me a dropbox invite. Good luck!
  5. returnee

    Combat Mission games are like the ultimate addiction. I thought when I got back into them with CMBN + all modules that I would be completely satisfied. Well I was but I then went on to buy CMFI+ GL. Red Thunder came shortly after. Now after a few months, I've got to say I play them all regularly. They each have a unique setting and since I love the history behind WW2 a lot, each of those settings are like dreams come true. Soon I will be getting CMFB to complete the WW2 titles and of course all the modules when they come out for the rest. As many have said, you will probably get them all if you love this tactical stuff. If you have to choose between CMRT and CMFI, I would go for CMFI because it has more content currently with another module on the way. I'm also a little biased of the Italian front because of my Italian bloodline. Again, I love all the titles. Just play the demos!
  6. New forum member

    Welcome friend! Make sure to head over to The Few Good Men to find some games. I have a couple PBEM going on right now and they're a friendly bunch.
  7. Come play games with me.

    Sure thing! I'm FieldNinja101st on discord. My names have changed so much over the years. xD
  8. Any news about CMFI 4.0 release

    Holy cow! I come home from exams and speeches and decided to check up on the status of Fortress Italy and... YES!!! Thank you so much and good luck on the battlefield!
  9. Hello Battlefront community! I have bought and been playing Combat Mission Battle For Normandy over a year now. I want to formerly thank the developers as this game is truly addicting and I love the historical accuracy. I've always loved war-games, but it's been hard to find one that gets that itch just right and Combat Mission especially nails the infantry tense combat although the entire package is well done. My question for you guys is when will CMFI be back for sale as I noticed only the 3.0 upgrade is available. I've been wanting to purchase this for awhile, so I made an account wandering where it is. I assume they are waiting for the upgrade to release to put it back for sale. I finally created an account for the forums after a year of lurking so I'm getting used to it. Thank you!