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      Final Blitzkrieg v1.01 released!   05/21/2016

      Once again proving that we don't sleep much, we have just released v1.01 for CM: Final Blitzkrieg.  There's lots of great improvements and fixes now just one download away.  Click HERE to see the release notes and download links.  Thanks to everybody for reporting issues and special thanks to the testers who make sure we don't overlook them.
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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
IanL

The Blitz Scenario of the Month program

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The Blitz is running two scenarios this month.

Sign up for the July scenario of the Month has started over at the Blitz. This month the scenarios are:

CMBN: CW Normons (requires the CommonWealth module to play)

CMFB: Drive them out

The form post on theBlitz for sign up.

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What's the standard of the scenarios like normally?  Seems the CMFB scenario has attracted some criticism in terms of balance.  Not sure if it's designed as an 'against the AI' scenario or, if it is badly balanced, if it's just a design problem.  I enjoy H2H, but only if the scenarios are worth playing.

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Well we don't intentionally pick poor ones to play :D but the main goal (after getting people together to play who might not have otherwise) is to get some experience with some of the scenarios.  One of the best things about the Blitz is the scenario database with the play record.  You can look at the list of scenarios and see which ones are balanced for H2H play and which are not.  But that only happens if the scenario get some play.  And coordinating a group of people to all play a scenario at once gives everyone data, comments and ratings on the scenario.

You can find all the scenarios with H2H play records here (lots more than just CM games BTW): http://www.theblitz.org/scenarios/b-15.htm

Here is a few specific examples:

Cutline to Grosshau: http://www.theblitz.org/scenarios/combat-mission-final-blitzkrieg/cutline-to-grosshau/b-15.htm?action=scenario&id=11547
It is a well rated scenario with what looks like a slight balance in favour of the Axis side but you can see the players felt they had a reasonable chance to win.  People had fun so perhaps giving the US to the more experience player could put things in nearly perfect place - but regardless it looks like people had fun playing it.  Probably a good choice for H2H play.

Attack on Verrieries Ridge http://www.theblitz.org/scenarios/combat-mission-battle-for-normandy/attack-on-verrieries-ridge/b-15.htm?action=scenario&id=3689
Looks about as well balanced as you will likely see and reasonably well rated too.  This looks like a great one to play - I just add it to my list.

Bloody St Omer Chapelle http://www.theblitz.org/scenarios/combat-mission-battle-for-normandy/bloody-stomer-capelle/b-15.htm?action=scenario&id=3596
Looks like an unbalanced scenario but not a total lost cause.  It rates well so it could still be worth playing but at least you know what you are getting into.

There is a side goal to make tweaks to the scenarios that are not balanced to force them towards better balance for H2H play but no one has actually done any edits as of yet.  Perhaps one day.

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Thanks.  Interesting and informative.  I signed up and immediately had my account disabled getting the message "Our software has detected that you might be a spammer".  WTF???  

Not the best start.  I'll see what happens after the Admins review the account.  Or just bin the idea altogether :(  Not too impressed.  First time I've EVER  encountered c**p like this!

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Well that sucks.  Forums often have aggressive anti spam procedures in place. Sorry you got caught in it. I am sure they can sort it out.  If you have any trouble you can PM me here.

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Phone decided not ot actually let me type

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Thanks.  Not even heard anything from the Admins at all.  Just the activation email that get's me to the 'Your IP has been banned - reported source of spam".  I'll bin the idea TBH.  Can't be asked to waste time chasing round stuff like this.

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That's to bad. If you change your mind and pm me and I can poke the right people about a solution. I believe that message means that the ISP you are using is or has hosted spammers and now has their IP addresses are black listed.

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Hi.  Maybe.  You'd expect with a registration that says the admins will look into it that you'd get some kind of correspondence from them.  As it is, my IP address has changed, with a router reboot, to one that is not blocked.  So I can now access the site main pages but when I try to log in it seems the account is still blocked.  So I've binned the idea.  Life's too short.  Wasted more than enough time on it as it is. Thanks anyway. 

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OK that's your prerogative and totally fine.  May I ask that you send me a PM with your site user name and your email that you created the account with.  I can then ask the powers that be what happened.  We currently have one admin that is dealing with RL issues and it is his job to contact people then a gentle poke from me might get things moving.  I understand that life is short and you have to invest time where you think you can get the most return, keep in mind that many of these gaming sites are volunteer run and plenty of stuff falls through the cracks from time to time but we all try to create a good environment.

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