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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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BM Oplot needs its ammo choice fixed

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8 hours ago, DougPhresh said:

conflict in Ukraine is frozen

We have lost 16 KIA in past month and enemy 24. Small-arms clashes, mortar fire exchanges and sometime artillery and even MLRS. Is it "frozen conflict" ? Of course, "Russians can be in Kyiv in several days", but UKR army 2017 is not the same as in 2014 even without Oplots and IR sights in every rifleman. Even in 2014 we succesfully could stop Russian offensive in Luhansk sector and didn't allow enemy to repeat there Ilovaisk scenario. So, if Russia will want to force Ukraine for something by the way of limited or full invasion, they will have critical losses. 

8 hours ago, DougPhresh said:

and wildly optimistic to give Ukraine all of these newer weapons systems such as the Oplot and BTR-4

What's wrong with BTR-4? Its participates in war since 2014. 25th airborne, 92nd mech. ans some National Guard units have it.

You can be shure - BMP-1 and T-72 will be in next updates.

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12 hours ago, akd said:

 BMP-3M/2M with BMP-1.

I've covered this rather extensively in my TOE observation document back in 2015. Don't confuse training equipment with deployed one. So hopefully there are no BMP-1s in the next module for Ru forces. The 2017 version of T-72B3 would be nice. 

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Russia already has BMP-2 without a thermal imager, but BMP-1 would be a pleasant addition, now we need a tank T-72B or T-80BV / U. I often played fights in PBEM without tanks because of the technical weakness of the other side.

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1 hour ago, Sgt.Squarehead said:

Thermal imaging is not IR and it's not just for use at night.  :rolleyes:

Wiki says: Forward looking infrared (FLIR) cameras, typically used on military and civilian aircraft, use a thermographic camerathat senses infrared radiation.[1]

Our soldiers said effectiveness of thermal cameras significantly has been reduced on hot weather at the daylight and devices consumed much more energy. But I've read this two years ago, when army mostly has older generation thermal cameras for hunting, gifted by civil volunteers. Now mostly FLIR (LWIR) gen 3  in use.

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5 hours ago, Haiduk said:

Hm... Why IRs so critical? Are there many night scenarios usualy playing? %) 

 

Most games were held in the morning and daytime with different weather conditions. Because when you play UKR against RUS you want to play normally. If the BMP and BTR is still normal, then the tanks are already problematic, if the enemy plays for Ukraine, then he takes T-64BV or Bulat tanks 2 times more than you. Because you're your T-72B3 will destroy them before they find you in 60-70% of the cases.I in such cases offer QB with restrictions. Quick battle US against RUS, I never won when the enemy takes the tanks. Therefore, again, I propose certain restrictions in the parties PBEM.
In the spring there was an interesting fight, where the enemy suggested that I attack him, and he was on the defensive in the city. He played the 2 company to the light infantry of US on hummers, without armored personnel carriers and infantry fighting vehicles. He gave me the right to use tanks no more than a company. I took 2 companies on BMP-2 and tank company T-72B3, plus various platoons and subunits. We played 1.5 months real time and 2 hours game. I lost half the tanks from the enemy ATGM, the second half of the quarter lost mobility from anti-tank mines (At that moment, I dreamed so much about tank trawl.) . The result is a draw.

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7 hours ago, HUSKER2142 said:

Because you're your T-72B3 will destroy them before they find you in 60-70% of the cases.

Armor in the game has enormous capabilities of fast spotting of targets, especially if its have thermals. 

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On 11/27/2017 at 12:55 AM, DougPhresh said:

but the Russian Army could be in Kiev in days

If that was anywhere even remotely close to reality - they would not stop for a moment. Like they didn't in a nearly dozen other wars for the past two decades. But apparently that is not the case in this case. After all this is the first time since Cold War where they invade a country that has more or less adequate armament and troop numbers compared to much smaller countries russkies have wrecked havoc in before and still do (see their behavior in Syria where they just level whole cities outright despite what UN/US etc says).

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6 hours ago, kraze said:

If that was anywhere even remotely close to reality - they would not stop for a moment. Like they didn't in a nearly dozen other wars for the past two decades. But apparently that is not the case in this case. After all this is the first time since Cold War where they invade a country that has more or less adequate armament and troop numbers compared to much smaller countries russkies have wrecked havoc in before and still do (see their behavior in Syria where they just level whole cities outright despite what UN/US etc says).

The mighty other side is leveling whole city too and yes UN says nothing too :)

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Oh FFS give it a rest.....WTF does any of that BS have to do with Oplots?

I'm really starting to hate this game again.....I have very little sympathy for one side and absolutely none whatsoever for the other! 

Not terribly appealing at all.....Blasting headchoppers is much more fun and at least we don't have put up with nonsensical nationalist crap from them.  :mellow:

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3 hours ago, Sgt.Squarehead said:

Oh FFS give it a rest.....WTF does any of that BS have to do with Oplots?

I'm really starting to hate this game again.....I have very little sympathy for one side and absolutely none whatsoever for the other! 

Not terribly appealing at all.....Blasting headchoppers is much more fun and at least we don't have put up with nonsensical nationalist crap from them.  :mellow:

Sounds like you need a new hobby if this one makes you that upset.

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Somehow with a friend who introduced the series of СM discussed that it would be better to make a game about a hypothetical conflict between the Treaty of Warsaw and NATO in 1980-1985. I think many would like this game. When there was parity between the sides was equal, and modern systems only evolved.

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