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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. Whats next? When?

    Quick Question N1: What's Next? Quick Question N2: When? Last time we had something happening in CM world was Tuesday April 25th of 2017 when CMBS Battle Pack came out (by the way I never played any campaign/battle in CM, I view it as a sandbox for quick battles/multiplayer only, so I dont even know those story lines behind those games (its all like a setting for me and thats all)). So basically its almost a year since last update in CM world happened. Last patch was like in 2016. So gentlemen, please share all the things you know about what is going, when we will have our hands on new content, and when two major games in series CM: Red Thunder and CM: Black Sea will be massively updated with new formations, armies, vehicles, units, and so on. Another words when we will have a chance to spend our money on sweet stuff again? P.S. I viewed all the youtube channels, I went through all magazines like armchair colonel (and yes i made a mistake for a reason) or something like that (well that stuff what was posting news about CM world before) and I wonder when the most interesting games of this series will be finally updated? When we will see WW2 game 1939-1941, when we will see new equipment to those games we already have? When will we finally get our hands on TONS of new and high quality stuff? I'm really ready to spend a good old dollars of mine on the new polished content. By the way why there are no upgrades to CMA? When new seasons will be added to those games what are limited to certain months? When we will get new huuuuuuuge maps for battalion level battles? When the time of a quick battle will be increased to 4 or even 6 hours? When you we will be able to set quick battles in CMA in a normal way by picking units ourselves? When tons of bags will be fixed in existing games? I mean its being a year of silence (on all official channels/sources) basically since we got something happening. Quick example - remember those times when developers were posting ingame footage on certain youtube challens (like mission walthrough, and all that)? Where are all the new teasers, screenshots, videos, trailers, shows, and all that? As a customer I feel completely abandoned, it looks like nothing is moving anywhere (and there are tons of things to improve and to fix). So my fellow comrades, my friends, please share what you know about what is going to happen next within CM world and when that might be happening. Coz its kinda seems... like... Nothing is going on. I do not like to use forums as a source of information because its always subjective (no deadlines, no updates on time, no time lines whatsoever, its always like "lets see after like next december" or so) but my God there were no news about CM in PC games related portals for a while. So I guess I need to ask it here. Last but not least - please support this topic just because that will make me look cool lol. Just kidding, please support this topic with screenshots and links to those sources you use to find out what will happen and when will happen.