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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:

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      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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Strategic Command Elite Edition - Is it still available somewhere?

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Hey, I've bought Strategic Command at GOG.com. I've found out that many of the mod sites (except at Panzer Liga and 5Star General) are down. I'm especially eager to try out this Elite mod (with new GUI, landscape etc.), but can't find it anywhere anymore. Has anyone still got a copy, and does it work with Strategic Command 1.07?

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If i remember correctly that was a mod which offered slightly different graphics and a somewhat more polished map.

I didn't liked it, so i never kept it.

But that was two computer ago, so i can't help you with anything else but the statement that it wasn't such an important mod worth keeping or installing, at least not for my personal taste.

Feel free to download the SC WW1 or the SC GC demos and compare them with SC1.

It might turn out that you end feeling that you were hunting for the wrong game (mod), as both games are so much better than SC1 (which, of course, wasn't bad either, 10 years ago).

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I'll get them when they become available on gog.com. I don't like DRM,so I didn't get any battlefront games at their site yet.

It will take some time until they get to gog.com, hardly the site sell games that are recent. SC2 series will take some years to get to gog.com, probably SC2 and the expansions will get there in a year or two, but hardly you will get the new games. I would recomend you to get the new SC: TGW, because you can play a lot of MP games in it, unless you don't like MP, but it's still a great game. :D

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StratCom 2 would be nice. Anyways, StratCom 1 is pretty awesome for a 10 year old game, I think the AI in v1.07 isn't bad at all (although I've read some reviews of the series stating that the AI isn't very challenging). I'll be sure to try out other games of the series, but I guess I have to make up my mind which one to get. I'm pretty interested in StratCom Global Conflict though. The only thing that bothers me a bit with the newer titles in the series is the isometric perspective. I prefer good old-fashioned hex-based games, the Civ-like isometric perspective is a bit odd. But all the reviews sound great, so I'll at least try out the demos of the newer games.

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StratCom 2 would be nice. Anyways, StratCom 1 is pretty awesome for a 10 year old game, I think the AI in v1.07 isn't bad at all (although I've read some reviews of the series stating that the AI isn't very challenging). I'll be sure to try out other games of the series, but I guess I have to make up my mind which one to get. I'm pretty interested in StratCom Global Conflict though. The only thing that bothers me a bit with the newer titles in the series is the isometric perspective. I prefer good old-fashioned hex-based games, the Civ-like isometric perspective is a bit odd. But all the reviews sound great, so I'll at least try out the demos of the newer games.

that is why the demos exists, make a try out, I agree that the use of squares makes the game less atractive, but you get used to them, in time, you will find the games awesome, I assure you :D

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