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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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Snakroll   

I just bought the base game + marines bundle and have been really enjoying it, this is the first serious wargame I've played and learning it has been a ton of fun. I only started learning about tactics recently and most of what I know is very basic small unit tactics, so learning about combined arms through the scenarios in the game has been really engaging and difficult, but very fun. I was curious if there are any chatrooms that can be used to talk about Combat Mission or ask for advice, a lot of times it will take me playing a scenario several times before I figure out a viable and realistic course of action for it and being able to ask for advice could be very helpful. 

I'm partway through the Marines campaign right now and feel like it's a fair bit more difficult than the TF Thunder campaign, I had a lot of trouble on a scenario where you have to use a reinforced rifle platoon to take a mountain pass from a company of airborne infantry. I'm also a bit unsure how to use the CAAT teams without getting them killed immediately. It's very interesting to see their equipment in action though since I'm interested in working in the Marine Corps when I'm older, I never knew their squads had so much firepower! Once I play my fill of Shock Force I'm planning to buy Black Sea since it looks really interesting, I'll probably pick up Afghanistan at some point also.

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grunt_GI   

Welcome to CM!  So combined arms is indeed challenging, especially when it involves calling in indirect fire support from artillery and aircraft.  Fortunately, CMSF has a pretty extensive tactics forum, so that's a good place to start.  I don't know of any CM chatrooms, but this forum is generally a good place to go if you are stuck on a particular campaign or scenario.

I have actually had conversations with the designers on how best to play their creations.  Not many war-games where you can do that.  It's what makes CM so awesome and replayable.

Enjoy...and save often..:D  I have found that a very useful feature.

 

 

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Erwin   

You could go back to the early posts when CMSF first was released 8+ years ago.  That is where a lot of the CMSF tactics were explored and tested. 

Also use Google - tons of stuff available:

Plus:

 

 

And lots more...

 

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Erwin   
On ‎9‎/‎17‎/‎2017 at 9:45 AM, grunt_GI said:

@Erwin  Heh.  Thanks for the videos...never seen those before...wish I'd known about those when I first got CMSF

Just Google "Combat Mission Tutorials"  There are many on YouTube that do a good job explaining how to analyze a mission and how to go about playing well. 

There are also an enormous amount of AAR's on YouTube.  But, I find them less useful as the AAR players don't explain WHY they are doing what they are doing.

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15 hours ago, Sgt.Squarehead said:

OP - Get yourself the British module and play some of this man's scenarios ^^

Whilst I appreciate the recommendation and I have done a few scenarios with US Forces - most of mine employ the Brits. While I predictably love playing the Brits, commanding them is a steep learning curve for a new player.

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Erwin   

The best/most memorable standalone Brit mission I ever played was "UK Royal Mud Marines".  It features a wonderful and large map, lots of interesting Brit units including all their cute light "Landrover" and  recon "beach buggy" vehicles. 

Other recent smaller Brit missions that are also enjoyable:  Into The Green; Green 9; and Op BARRAS - set in Africa and benefits from some wonderful Africa mods that are available.  

Dragonwynn's Heart Of Darkness campaign also features a great first mission with Brits and their light vehicles. 

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Snakroll   

Thanks a bunch for the information, I definitely plan on getting the British forces module in the future. I'm also looking at picking up Tac Ops 4, it looks really good, have any of you played it? If so, what do you think of it?

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kraze   

Combat Mission Shock Force was my first game in the series too and wanting to take a break from (an admittedly superior) CM Black Sea I gave it a try in a while. Really surprised how well it holds up today,  a decade later after its release - and how many of missions I've played are just as fun to replay today - especially thanks to its superior BLUFOR roster (US Army, Marines, Brits, Germans/Canadians/Dutch)

Of course it lacks all the advancements the series has went through since but oh well.

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sburke   
1 hour ago, Sgt.Squarehead said:

They're just around the corner.....Can't wait for CM:SF II.

Yeah really.  I like CMBS but the tech aspect can be overwhelming.  Interesting to see the developments from CMSF era., but I still prefer CMSF. 

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