Jump to content
  • Announcements

    • Battlefront.com

      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
    • Battlefront.com

      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
Battlefront.com

Happy New Year's Day! 2018 look ahead

Recommended Posts

It's been a while since I last posted a comment on the forum... and it's already a quarter past midnight... but the mention of a winterized IS-2 triggered something ;-)

I've seen that beast last August in a tank museum somewhere north-west of Moscow:

(image wasn't visible because it is on PhotoBucket so I removed the dead link - Steve)

Do you think we might see it in the new CMRT Module???

 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
7 hours ago, Michael Emrys said:

Kinda young for a major general, don'cha think? Unless two stars means something else in whatever army she's in.

Michael

She was a poster child for the Russian annexation of Crimea.  They used her as the obviously and totally randomly selected former Ukrainian military personnel that switched sides.  I forget what position she got promoted to.

And yes, let's knock off the pics of women.  Not appropriate.

Steve

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
15 hours ago, Cobetco said:

Steve What about the Picknic in the hedge bug? has that been addressed? I've kinda been avoid CMBN for a bit because i seem to always reproduce this issue and it frustrates me to no end.

Not sure I'm familiar with that one.  What is it?

14 hours ago, Bulletpoint said:

Any chance that vehicle windshield glass will be made non-bulletproof in the new patch? I know it's a bit late maybe, but hopefully it could just be a matter of changing the material properties of the glass...

Yup, I saw your post a few days ago and forwarded it onto Charles.  I agree there's probably something there that needs to be fixed.

12 hours ago, Miller786 said:

You misunderstand, this is exactly the problem, it is currently in mechanized infantry and it is not present in airborne infantry, a issue that i presume has been fixed? :)

Ah!  It might be fixed already as I often fix things when I notice them even if there's no pending release coming up.  I'll double check.

5 hours ago, DougPhresh said:

In CMRT, one of the Studabaker crew sits in the back of the truck and not the cab! :lol:

I'll double check on this one.  First I've heard of it though ;)

3 hours ago, weapon2010 said:

Steve , about this original  "running away problem", just curious about the testors and the process of testing?How does that get past the testors in the first place and released into the 4.0 engine?I don't wish to come off accusatory, I just don't understand the process. :unsure:

If testing were perfect there'd never be any bugs in any piece of software ever, so obviously the process isn't perfect :D  Even huge companies with hundreds of paid testers miss stuff all the time, fairly regularly major things.

What often happens is testers advocate for a "small tweak" late in the development process, the tweak is made but not tested for in all situations  Sometimes a seemingly small, possibly not even relevant, tweak results in something unexpected.  The problem with a game like CM is that there's millions of things going on and practical limitations on how much things can be tested.  Hindsight, of course, is perfect!

2 hours ago, Sequoia said:

Steve and Charles (and the rest of New England and Eastern Canada),  I hope you guys don't lose power in this storm. Best of luck.

I lost power a few too many times years ago so I'm off grid :D  Which is a good thing because it definitely is nasty out there.  Charles, on the other hand, has to hope Mother Nature doesn't slap him around.

Steve

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
8 hours ago, Michael Emrys said:

Unless two stars means something else in whatever army she's in.

She actually wasn't military. Continuing Soviet tradition, Russian prosecutors have parade uniforms.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Posted (edited)
3 hours ago, Battlefront.com said:

Not sure I'm familiar with that one.  What is it?

 

On 12/25/2016 at 6:07 AM, Cobetco said:

You know i was just yesterday praising the AI, but it seems I've found a somewhat major bug. the AI likes to set up picnics in hedges and low bocage. what will happen is a pixeltrupen or two will not follow his squad if he hangs around those hedges, i'm not 100% sure its the hedges causing it, but the 3 times I've spotted this behavior they involved hedges. I of course have a save file featuring a pretty bad case where I moved a squad halfway across the map before noticing, if anybody wants to see it.

 

I hope this is just a CMBN issue and not a major 4.0 engine issue.

 

(edit, i brought screen grabs)

Ssboqbo.jpg

Srg Hillard and his grenadier are enjoying the day, watching birds (another squads leader is bugged behind them)

YBIPAnJ.jpg The rest of Hillards Squad... or is it? 

RwIqvpx.jpgwell that wasnt all the squad, because the last two men in Hillard's fireteam decided after marching halfway across the map they forgot about him, and are sprinting back to where he became bugged

 

 

Edited by Cobetco

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I saw something like this once in CMBN (4.0) with a German squad.  Two guys stayed behind a hedge and would not follow the rest of the squad.  I finally split the squad which allowed me to give those guys their own move commend and they eventually caught up to their comrades...   

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
15 hours ago, Battlefront.com said:
20 hours ago, DougPhresh said:

In CMRT, one of the Studabaker crew sits in the back of the truck and not the cab! :lol:

I'll double check on this one.  First I've heard of it though ;)

LOL I just thought that was intentional. oops.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

At the sacrifice of a company's worth of Fanatical Italian infantry, a tester confirmed that the Brens are operating in burst mode at all ranges.  No single shots!  I presume BARs are also similarly fixed as Charles said it was and for sure with Brens it is.

Steve

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
31 minutes ago, Battlefront.com said:

At the sacrifice of a company's worth of Fanatical Italian infantry, a tester confirmed that the Brens are operating in burst mode at all ranges.  No single shots!  I presume BARs are also similarly fixed as Charles said it was and for sure with Brens it is.

Steve

I for one am delighted to hear this,and looking forward to the patch!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
42 minutes ago, Battlefront.com said:

At the sacrifice of a company's worth of Fanatical Italian infantry, a tester confirmed that the Brens are operating in burst mode at all ranges.  No single shots!  I presume BARs are also similarly fixed as Charles said it was and for sure with Brens it is.

Steve

To paraphrase the slogan on Woody Guthrie's guitar, "These Brens kill Fascists". 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
2 hours ago, Battlefront.com said:

No single shots!  I presume BARs are also similarly fixed as Charles said it was and for sure with Brens it is.

I never figured that to be a problem, given the BAR's ability to squeeze off single shots on it's low fire rate setting.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
21 hours ago, Battlefront.com said:
On 1/4/2018 at 10:31 AM, Bulletpoint said:

Any chance that vehicle windshield glass will be made non-bulletproof in the new patch? I know it's a bit late maybe, but hopefully it could just be a matter of changing the material properties of the glass...

Yup, I saw your post a few days ago and forwarded it onto Charles.  I agree there's probably something there that needs to be fixed.

Great to hear that. If you guys want the scenario file with my test setup, just let me know.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
2 hours ago, SLIM said:

I never figured that to be a problem, given the BAR's ability to squeeze off single shots on it's low fire rate setting.

It is a problem because what's the point of a BAR if you cannot suppress the enemy with some automatic fire? you could shoot single shots just fine with garands.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Correct.  The magazine fed LMGs somehow got accidentally whacked at some point.  Which would be the Bren, BAR, and Breda.  For all I know the DP might also have taken a hit.  The good news is that the problem was isolated and fixed, so any LMG type weapon currently using single shot instead of bursts should be all better with the patch.

Steve

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
1 hour ago, Battlefront.com said:

Correct.  The magazine fed LMGs somehow got accidentally whacked at some point.  Which would be the Bren, BAR, and Breda.  For all I know the DP might also have taken a hit.  The good news is that the problem was isolated and fixed, so any LMG type weapon currently using single shot instead of bursts should be all better with the patch.

Steve

This is great to hear! In my experience the DP worked fine under v4, I assume because the magazine is bigger. 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Posted (edited)

It's been a while since I last posted a comment on the forum... but the mention of a winterized IS-2 triggered something ;-)

I've seen that beast last August in a tank museum somewhere north-west of Moscow:

IMG_6495.jpg

Do you think we might see it in the new CMRT Module???

(PS: and about the previous photobucket mess!)

Edited by jhmorneau

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!

Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.

Sign In Now

×