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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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What is puzzling is why the Kurds believe anything we've told them or promised them...  Next time they may as well throw in their lot with the next ISIS-type insurgency.  They certainly got nothing from the west/allies.

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1 hour ago, Erwin said:

Next time they may as well throw in their lot with the next ISIS-type insurgency.

Nope.....That would not fit in with the wider Kurdish philosophy at all.  They are a remarkably egalitarian mob, especially for that part of the world. 

I really feel for them, this situation totally sucks! 

On a brighter there are rumours that the (largely Kurdish) SDF are now talking to the SAA & the Russians in Syria, possibly with a view to exchanging control of the oil-fields north of Deir ez-Zor for a bigger stake (Possible autonomy?) in the post conflict state. 

Interesting times.

PS - Blimey:  http://www.reuters.com/article/us-russia-kurdistan-rosneft-pipeline/russias-rosneft-to-take-control-of-kurdish-oil-pipeline-amid-crisis-idUSKBN1CO38L

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"The United States called the referendum a provocation but Moscow has effectively supported the vote, saying it understood Kurdish aspirations for independence."

It's like we're living in "Bizarro World".  This is the sort of thing I would read about the US supporting independence around the globe 35+ years ago while the good ol' USSR would call it "provocative".  :wacko:

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I did consider the possibility that the Kurds were being used as a means to an end, ie: as a potential casus belli for a squabble with Iran, but I think changes, both on the ground and politically, have significantly reduced that risk.....Rosneft buying that pipeline was a very deft manoeuvre.

Ironically I found this (just before the edit option expired), make of it what you will, but keep in mind it's from Rudaw:

http://www.rudaw.net/english/kurdistan/201020174

As for current US foreign policy it's a complete mystery to me TBH, but it's also an area that's probably best discussed elsewhere.  ;)

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"He added Israel wanted to see Kurds in Iraq provided with the means to protect themselves. It would be best if someone gave them weaponry, and whatever else, which we cannot give, obviously,"

Obviously...  lol.   Of course there is always covertly...

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I may be proven sadly wrong, but I don't see the Shias fighting that hard to hang on to Kirkuk, or (shattered) Mosul. The IA is nothing without Western overwatch. And the cream of the Sunni Arab travel team just perished under the ISIS banner. So in spite of the implacable hostility of all their (disunited) neighbours, the Kurds are in about as good a place today to carve out a nation state and get it recognized as they have been since the Mongols passed through.

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The Kurds really deserve a break and I hope they get it finally.  (With all the Catalonia excitement maybe the time is ripe for some new state-making.)

PS:  Have noticed that within a year or two of my visits to various countries, they all seem to have big issues.  Eg, Bin to Egypt, Turkey, Spain, Jordan and a few others with problems...   Am wondering if I can request a fee from countries to NOT visit them.

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Interesting Counterpunch article, here:  https://www.counterpunch.org/2017/11/13/tikrit-and-najaf-agony-and-ecstasy-in-iraq/

It seems we haven't been told the whole story of the PMUs (Hashd al Shabi).....A third of them are Sunni (which fact makes the suggestion that the PMUs are Iran's private army a little bit harder to sell).  :o

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