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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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Anyone play this game, picked it up for a dollar and figured I can't lose. I think I just may have though. Tough to navigate around this tank.

And does anyone know if there are any patches/ user made campaigns for this game. I see it is closely related to t-72 Balkans and can find very little to no info on this game at all.

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I'm not sure who distributed 'Iron Warriors', which is the same as T-72 Balkans on Fire (just a different distributor). There are no further patches for the game and I assume that what you have with the game is the latest. Copy-protection systems vary between distributions and a Battlefront patch for T-72 CANNOT be used for an 'Iron Warriors' version of the game. It's possible that even if the versions are different, they may be the same (this depends on how much the developer keeps distributions similarly numbered or not).

There are some missions in the Repository. You'll need to create a Battlefront account in order to download from there. I assume, but don't know for certain, that these missions should work for Iron Warriors.

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Thanks for your response, not sure the distributor but on the box it says, Strategy First, IDDK, crazy house, and battlefront.com which is how I wound up at this site.

I only play single player campaigns but think I got tricked on this one, the box says "18 campaigns" but when I start a campaign there is only 1, do they mean 1-18 mission campaign, if so then I am gonna be pissed even if it was only $1.

Also you have to be a computer science major to figure out the mission editor.

Should I have just spent the extra money and bought Balkans?

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T-72 Balkans on Fire and T-72 Iron Warriors are the same game as far as I'm aware.

Yes, there is only one 'campaign' with 18 missions. Most of the individual missions outside of the campaign are geared towards training.

Crazy House is the original developer and IDDK is the original Russian distributor. Battlefront became a distributor through IDDK and became associated with the game outside of Russia. Other distributors also distribute the game, such as in your case Strategy First. Crazy House closed down, with a number of the staff going over to Graviteam. IDDK is still in business, though computer software distribution is only one of their lines.

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Thanks again for your response, while I have you here, sorry to go off topic and don't want to offend anyone with posting about a different game but have you ever played Panzer Elite?

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The 'old' Panzer Elite game ? Yes, though I did not play it extensively or modify it with the later mods. I'm not much of tank sim person so I can't really compare the two (other than T-72 has nicer graphics).

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