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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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'Last' WW2 Tiger 131 tank to be used in Brad Pitt film

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http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-24987676

A World War 2 Tiger 131 tank - thought to be the last one in working order - is being loaned to the makers of the latest Brad Pitt film.

The star has been shooting scenes for the action movie Fury around the village of Shirburn in Oxfordshire.

The German tank was restored by experts at the Tank Museum in Bovington, Dorset, where it is usually on display.

Museum director Richard Smith said it was "one of the the most feared weapons unleashed by the Nazis".

He said it had a "formidable reputation and could destroy an enemy tank from over 2km away".

Curator David Willey said: "The Tiger was restored so that the public could fully appreciate what a truly fearsome machine it would have been during battle.

"Now for the first time countless numbers of people will have the opportunity to see a genuine Tiger in a contemporary war film."

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He described it as "a unique piece of military heritage" and said its time on set would be "carefully managed and overseen by a group of museum workshop staff".

Another tank from the Bovington museum, its Sherman M4E8, also features in the film.

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Guy I know visited the set during filming and they got the Tiger out just for him when they found he'd come all the way from NZ - he got to climb all over and in it.......bastard! :D

He pretty much agrees with JJR's assessment!!

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First 70% was an absolute game, gave it 10 of 10.

Last 30% of movie was a joke, that part got 2 of 10.

Enjoyed the movie thoroughly until the 'crossroad', and then it just got tactically silly.

Still I'm planning to add it to the collection when it comes out on Blu Ray. =)

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then it just got tactically silly.

You mean like in the trailer?

Moving in from like 500 meters to attack a bunch of Shermans at point blank range is probably the stupidest thing any Tiger commander could have done.

Is it still worth watching it?

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Moving in from like 500 meters to attack a bunch of Shermans at point blank range is probably the stupidest thing any Tiger commander could have done.

 

SPOILER ALERT (?)

 

The last  30% referred to includes a veteran SS-unit (company ?)  storming a lone immobilized, seemingly abandonet tank with full strength instead of bypassing it.

Is it still worth watching it?

 

Typical Hollywood production. Emotional scenes timed in with a stopwatch. Tactics photogenic and thrilling rather than realistic. Mandatory and rather superfluous chick-flick scene vowen into the storyline about half-way through the movie to keep the prospective female audience semi-interested. Mandatory war-is-hell and ambiguous attrocity scenes. Still, all in all it is a decent war movie. One to add to the dvd-collection once released.

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