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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:

      -showui

      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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I've just found this video online which will be a great start for new players of this game:

One thing I'd like to add is that when playing as the Entente I always invest heavily in Diplomacy, providing the situation allows, as this can be a very good way of hitting Germany's morale and income without having to lose any men in the process. :)

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I've just found this video online which will be a great start for new players of this game:

One thing I'd like to add is that when playing as the Entente I always invest heavily in Diplomacy, providing the situation allows, as this can be a very good way of hitting Germany's morale and income without having to lose any men in the process. :)

That video makes me embarrassed to watch... but we never stop learning and improving, or that is the hope at least.

Wanted to say thank you for posting this here, I am glad if it helped anyone with the basics of the game. I have recently picked up assault on democracy and came here trying to figure out what the 'show turn summary' key was?

I skimmed the topic but never saw this mentioned, and I consider it about as important as the 'S' key

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I would also like very much to know what the 'show turn summary' key is.

On a related note, I've looked around for a list of shortcut commands, but don't seem to be able to find one. Does it exist, or am I not looking in the right place?

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Are you talking about "last turn summary"?

That would the key "L".

The Hotkeys are listed in the manuals...

:):eek::D

Having said this, I'm always glad to help:

Hotkeys (quoted from the Global Conquest manual)

G – Turn the map tile grid on or off

H – Temporarily hide all units on the map

N – Select the next active unit that has not yet moved

New! L – Displays the last turn's summaries for reference

New! P – Shows the location of potential enemy partisan activity.

New! S – Shows the level of supply your forces currently receive, along with a prediction of how much they will receive if venturing into enemy territory.

arrows – Scroll map left, right, up or down

Ctrl-E – End Turn

Ctrl-P – Purchase Units

Ctrl-N – New Units

Ctrl-M – Maps

Ctrl-R – Research

Ctrl-D – Diplomacy

Ctrl-I – Reports

Ctrl-O – Options

Ctrl-S – Save

Ctrl-Q – Quit

Hotkeys (quoted from AoD expansion notes):

‘S’ hotkey now shows current supply, followed by the predicted supply of your next turn, the second time you press the 'S' key.

'L' Hotkey no longer removes the last turn summaries from memory as this information can now be re-accessed until the end of the turn

New 'R' hotkey introduced that will toggle the display of reinforceable units on the map, displayed by a blue unit strength number.

New 'U' hotkey introduced that will toggle the display of upgradeable units

:)

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That was the key I was looking for, my bad for not finding them in the manual.

(though, this list is good to have sitting in this topic anyway, some people(cough cough) just dont know how to look up manuals and find what they are looking for.)

Thankyou.

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I've just found this video online which will be a great start for new players of this game:

One thing I'd like to add is that when playing as the Entente I always invest heavily in Diplomacy, providing the situation allows, as this can be a very good way of hitting Germany's morale and income without having to lose any men in the process. :)

Watching the video makes me feel like playing.

Before I dive in (again), I would like to know if people still play this game?

I remember liking this game much more than SC 2

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