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      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:

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4 hours ago, StieliAlpha said:

Argh, too late. Only this afternoon, I received the despatch confirmation. But I guess the 30 Euro won’t kill me.

Yeah, sorry, that wasn't schadenfreude, I was hoping you might be able to cancel in time. :(

On the other hand, if I can suggest: have a look at Vietnam: A Television History (PBS). Worth the $ and time. I have it and Ken Burn's Vietnam, and will be watching the show you ordered, later on. It's interesting to see how each approaches the same subject matter. I saw 10000 Day War when it came out so I'm also curious what I will think of it now. 

 

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I've watched the first 8 episodes with my kids, and they're riveted (both the 13-y.o. who loves history and the 10-y.o. who doesn't).

One terrific structural element is jumping forward to late 60's details that reflect themes developing earlier.  For example, discussion of French colonial dismissal of Indochina's culture will shift to an American veteran of 1967 talking about how little he understood and how much he hated the rural Vietnamese with whom he had no way to communicate. It breaks historical continuity, but it's thematically very powerful.

The interviews are very strong. I'm sure this is the first time I've seen ARVN, VC, and NVA veterans talking about their experience in ways that feel personal rather than just "military-historical." And of course the American interviews are very powerfully affecting.

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18 hours ago, Bud Backer said:

Yeah, sorry, that wasn't schadenfreude, I was hoping you might be able to cancel in time. :(

On the other hand, if I can suggest: have a look at Vietnam: A Television History (PBS). Worth the $ and time. I have it and Ken Burn's Vietnam, and will be watching the show you ordered, later on. It's interesting to see how each approaches the same subject matter. I saw 10000 Day War when it came out so I'm also curious what I will think of it now. 

 

Not a problem, I don‘t think this investment will make me a poor man. Plus, I am somewhat „old school“ and like to own things.

Like the good old Victory Games „Vietnam“ Board Game. Not that I ever played it.

Or the new Matrix Vietnam Computer game.

Strange, that it interests me so much. Probably, because I grew up with this war constantly on TV.

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1 hour ago, StieliAlpha said:

Not a problem, I don‘t think this investment will make me a poor man. Plus, I am somewhat „old school“ and like to own things.

Like the good old Victory Games „Vietnam“ Board Game. Not that I ever played it.

Or the new Matrix Vietnam Computer game.

Strange, that it interests me so much. Probably, because I grew up with this war constantly on TV.

OMFG! I have the old VG “Vietnam” board game too, and like you I admired it but never got to play it. :rolleyes:

And I have Matrix Vietnam Game too! Haha too funny.

In which case it sounds like our interests align, making me redouble my suggestion to have a look at Vietnam: A Television History.

 

https://shop.pbs.org/american-experience-vietnam-a-television-history-dvd-4pk/product/WG26109

 

 

 

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1 hour ago, Bud Backer said:

OMFG! I have the old VG “Vietnam” board game too, and like you I admired it but never got to play it. :rolleyes:

And I have Matrix Vietnam Game too! Haha too funny.

In which case it sounds like our interests align, making me redouble my suggestion to have a look at Vietnam: A Television History.

 

https://shop.pbs.org/american-experience-vietnam-a-television-history-dvd-4pk/product/WG26109

 

 

 

Now, that‘s a strange coincidence, indeed. I guess, there are not too many people with that mix. Let me give it another try: I still have the old Micrprose „Vietnam“ for the C64. That one was excellent in it’s time. One the few games, which I played completely through, including all “what if” scenarios.

Do you know GMT’s “Fire in the hole” from the excellent COIN series? Since I tried “Falling Sky” on the board a few times and “Twilight Struggle” on the iPad, I am very tempted....

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9 minutes ago, Sgt.Squarehead said:

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Anyone?  ;)

Yep, have it, and the supplement that followed. IIRC I think I finally dug up a PDF version too. 

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47 minutes ago, StieliAlpha said:

Now, that‘s a strange coincidence, indeed. I guess, there are not too many people with that mix. Let me give it another try: I still have the old Micrprose „Vietnam“ for the C64. That one was excellent in it’s time. One the few games, which I played completely through, including all “what if” scenarios.

Do you know GMT’s “Fire in the hole” from the excellent COIN series? Since I tried “Falling Sky” on the board a few times and “Twilight Struggle” on the iPad, I am very tempted....

I started with an Apple II so no Commodore stuff. I did eventually get a PC and tried "Seal Team" 

 

I'm gonna send you a PM. ;)

 

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I finally started to watch the „The ten days of War“ DVD‘s. Great documentary, indeed. I found it irritating, that they started with an overview of the US involvement in part 1 and then go back to the beginning of the French Indochine War, but ok...

Otherwise, of course, the quality of the pictures gives „eye cancer“. After a first try on the big TV, I switched to a small 22“ screen. That‘s more bearable.

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