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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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Stuck on something in the training campaign? Need to see how it's done? There's an archived series of videos of the training campaign here:



If anyone has other links that would be helpful for new players that they want to contribute, post in this thread and I'll update the first post with it. :)


More useful links!


Blog with a series of instructional videos and other useful demonstrations. Be sure to check out the "Tactical Toolbox" on the left side.



Armchair General Tactics videos. This is for Battle for Normandy, but many of the basic tactics and UI instructions carry over nicely to Black Sea.


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Hi Chris,


Watched all  your training Videos on Youtube  last night very good.  thanks

All most temped  to save up money and purchase CMBS

Waiting to see if the release a Demo. and see if I could play it with my old low end system.

I am able to play small battles running CMBN-CW-MG Ver 3.11 game engine 3.  if I turn  Shaders off. Shadows off  and trees on low. detail.  Boy you first have a first class system  with those training video's on youtube.

Would you mine posting your PC spects? 


Lane :)

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Would you mine posting your PC spects? 



  • Intel i7 4770K CPU
  • ASUS Z87 Sabertooth motherboard
  • 16 GB DDR3 1333 MHz RAM
  • Nvidia GeForce GTX 670 graphics card
  • x1 1TB Samsung solid state hard drive
  • x2 1TB 7200 rpm hard drives
  • x2 Viewsonic VP2365 23-inch LED monitors
  • Antec 1100 case
  • Mad Catz M.M.O 7 Gaming Mouse
  • Logitech G110 Gaming Keyboard
  • Sennheiser PC 360 Headset

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A must read for budding Russian and Ukrainian players.


OPFOR SMARTbook 3 - Red Team Army


Covers company and slightly higher to tactical squad level doctrine.


FM 100-7


Current (I believe) US Army guidelines on how OPFOR operates. Meant for informing on operations above company level but still has some relevance.

Also, the older version from 1991 is also useful.


Edited by Stagler

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