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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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13 hours 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

Great! This had stopped me playing the Commonwealth forces.

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I have done some work in the editor lately on some old polish maps, and it would be nice to have windmills in coming CMRT module, several of the maps im using has windmills.

BTW when you save a map in the editor it always start at the same place when you return, it would be nice if it started where you last saved the map, as it does with units.

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7 hours ago, Lille Fiskerby said:

I have done some work in the editor lately on some old polish maps, and it would be nice to have windmills in coming CMRT module, several of the maps im using has windmills.

BTW when you save a map in the editor it always start at the same place when you return, it would be nice if it started where you last saved the map, as it does with units.

You might be able to import Windmills from CMBN: MG, altough we could never import mosques into CM:A.

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It's always been my desire to have a "Fantasy" Vehicle Pack for CMFB and CMRT.  It would include both production vehicles that didn't make it into combat (IS-3, Centurion) ones that were nearly ready for production (Panther II) and vehicles which likely never ever would have gone into production (US T-28, E-100, Maus).  The examples I cited are not complete, just put out there to get an idea of what I'm talking about ;)

Whether we'll ever get to this or not... I don't know.  And if we do get to it, I don't know when we will. We have lots of things competing for our time.

Steve

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I know one pack I would buy for sure for BN, that is a "Commando/Special Forces Pack" - pretty please ^_^

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1 hour ago, Battlefront.com said:

It's always been my desire to have a "Fantasy" Vehicle Pack for CMFB and CMRT.  It would include both production vehicles that didn't make it into combat (IS-3, Centurion) ones that were nearly ready for production (Panther II) and vehicles which likely never ever would have gone into production (US T-28, E-100, Maus).  The examples I cited are not complete, just put out there to get an idea of what I'm talking about ;)

Whether we'll ever get to this or not... I don't know.  And if we do get to it, I don't know when we will. We have lots of things competing for our time.

Steve

"Fantasy" Vehicle Pack for CMFB and CMRT"

*eyes light up* Yes please!   then there's someway finding a way to get IS-3s, Centurions & T-28s to be on the same battlefield.

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1 hour ago, Battlefront.com said:

It's always been my desire to have a "Fantasy" Vehicle Pack for CMFB and CMRT.  It would include both production vehicles that didn't make it into combat (IS-3, Centurion) ones that were nearly ready for production (Panther II) and vehicles which likely never ever would have gone into production (US T-28, E-100, Maus).  The examples I cited are not complete, just put out there to get an idea of what I'm talking about ;)

Whether we'll ever get to this or not... I don't know.  And if we do get to it, I don't know when we will. We have lots of things competing for our time.

Steve

Im all in!!

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36 minutes ago, rocketman said:

I know one pack I would buy for sure for BN, that is a "Commando/Special Forces Pack" - pretty please ^_^

Oh yes! I'd pay dear money for "special infantry units" (commandos, rag-tag formations, foreign auxiliaries, etc...) and "captured/exotic equipment" (French artillery, Czech small arms, more AT grenades, etc...)

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4 hours ago, Battlefront.com said:

It's always been my desire to have a "Fantasy" Vehicle Pack for CMFB and CMRT.  It would include both production vehicles that didn't make it into combat (IS-3, Centurion) ones that were nearly ready for production (Panther II) and vehicles which likely never ever would have gone into production (US T-28, E-100, Maus).  The examples I cited are not complete, just put out there to get an idea of what I'm talking about ;)

Whether we'll ever get to this or not... I don't know.  And if we do get to it, I don't know when we will. We have lots of things competing for our time.

Steve

I know GHQmodels.com (Micro-Armor Minis) did just that by having a what if 'Wehrmacht 47' section with many of those listed vehicles...

http://www.ghqmodels.com/store/military-models-wehrmacht-world-war-ii-micro-armour.html

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6 hours ago, Battlefront.com said:

It's always been my desire to have a "Fantasy" Vehicle Pack for CMFB and CMRT.  It would include both production vehicles that didn't make it into combat (IS-3, Centurion) ones that were nearly ready for production (Panther II) and vehicles which likely never ever would have gone into production (US T-28, E-100, Maus).  The examples I cited are not complete, just put out there to get an idea of what I'm talking about ;)

Whether we'll ever get to this or not... I don't know.  And if we do get to it, I don't know when we will. We have lots of things competing for our time.

Steve

Ah to dream.  I've been hoping for this since Steve teased it a couple years ago or more.

Would so love to see the whole E series.

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10 hours ago, Battlefront.com said:

(US T-28, E-100, Maus)

And let us not forget the Tortoise from our British allies.

 
It might be interesting to see how these monsters compared (my guess is that the T-28 might have an edge in a couple of categories).
 
Michael
 
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13 hours ago, Battlefront.com said:

It's always been my desire to have a "Fantasy" Vehicle Pack for CMFB and CMRT.  It would include both production vehicles that didn't make it into combat (IS-3, Centurion) ones that were nearly ready for production (Panther II) and vehicles which likely never ever would have gone into production (US T-28, E-100, Maus).  The examples I cited are not complete, just put out there to get an idea of what I'm talking about ;)

Whether we'll ever get to this or not... I don't know.  And if we do get to it, I don't know when we will. We have lots of things competing for our time.

Steve

Yes please!!

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12 hours ago, rocketman said:

I know one pack I would buy for sure for BN, that is a "Commando/Special Forces Pack" - pretty please ^_^

This and i can die happy.

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About the paper panzers / post-war tanks. It would be more balanced to pit the allies Against the Soviets in that case. Just like the light strategy game Panzer Corps, which has a few of those fictional scenarios set in 1945/1946. Though for CM that would be difficult since the Allied and Soviet resources are in different games. The Germans had so many issues in 1945 it is hard to imagine it being anything more then wrapping things up with symbolic (but still deadly) resistance . Or there has to be some fictional backstory that suggests otherwise.

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30 minutes ago, Kevin2k said:

About the paper panzers / post-war tanks. It would be more balanced to pit the allies Against the Soviets in that case. Just like the light strategy game Panzer Corps, which has a few of those fictional scenarios set in 1945/1946. Though for CM that would be difficult since the Allied and Soviet resources are in different games. The Germans had so many issues in 1945 it is hard to imagine it being anything more then wrapping things up with symbolic (but still deadly) resistance . Or there has to be some fictional backstory that suggests otherwise.

Yeah, but I like Patton's idea after Germany's Surrender..."Give the Germans their Weapons back so they can help us fight the Russians" (not exact quote, but close enough).  

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16 hours ago, Battlefront.com said:

It's always been my desire to have a "Fantasy" Vehicle Pack for CMFB and CMRT.  It would include both production vehicles that didn't make it into combat (IS-3, Centurion) ones that were nearly ready for production (Panther II) and vehicles which likely never ever would have gone into production (US T-28, E-100, Maus).  The examples I cited are not complete, just put out there to get an idea of what I'm talking about ;)

Whether we'll ever get to this or not... I don't know.  And if we do get to it, I don't know when we will. We have lots of things competing for our time.

Steve

I believe that it could be interesting, unfortunately I don't wait any of these experimental vehicles in the upcoming italian front. However I'm wondering  what new toys are warming up engines in the hangar. Can't wait to see the game manual before the release ^_^

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+1 thumbs up for a CMBN "Elite Forces Pack". The work done on the US Rangers in CMFI gives battlefront a head start I would think. As for a "fantasy pack" I would always prefer something or some country/force that really saw action in the war. 

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Post from me was amoung the casualties from the relocations. So here goes again.

On ‎07‎/‎01‎/‎2018 at 1:31 AM, rocketman said:

I know one pack I would buy for sure for BN, that is a "Commando/Special Forces Pack" - pretty please ^_^

Yep sounds great to me also. The fantasy things not so much.

2 hours ago, Sequoia said:

As for a "fantasy pack" I would always prefer something or some country/force that really saw action in the war. 

That sums my feelings up too.

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The reason why there's been no fantasy pack for the last 20 years is because we also have always put a premium on real world stuff, not fantasy stuff.  Not just for our WW2 games but also for our Modern warfare games.  The amount of fantasy stuff we could put in Modern is... literally endless since contractors around the world each year try to convince us that everybody will be using their weapons next year or at the very latest the year after. 

Steve

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I know. You don't even put in non-fantasy stuff if it just wasn't there. I'm sure you recall the CMBN Nashorn story.

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In other news, I seem to recall a statement that Battlefront was once entertaining the thought of micro-expansions. In other words using the downloadable content model many other games have for say, a certain vehicle or feature. Did I hallucinate that statement and if not is this still a possibility or has it been decided against?

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On ‎07‎/‎01‎/‎2018 at 12:08 AM, Battlefront.com said:

It's always been my desire to have a "Fantasy" Vehicle Pack for CMFB and CMRT.  It would include both production vehicles that didn't make it into combat (IS-3, Centurion) ones that were nearly ready for production (Panther II) and vehicles which likely never ever would have gone into production (US T-28, E-100, Maus).  The examples I cited are not complete, just put out there to get an idea of what I'm talking about ;)

Whether we'll ever get to this or not... I don't know.  And if we do get to it, I don't know when we will. We have lots of things competing for our time.

Steve

Generally speaking I'd be all for this, but actually I'd say '(please) not for CM right now'.....There are so many other things we need first! 

I've just been reading an interesting book about the LRDG.....The part I found most fascinating and the part I'd most like to model with CM (because the engine is really good at it) is what came 'After The Desert', the covert operations in the Greek Islands, Balkans & Italy, but to do it I'd need.....Partisans, IEDs, Spy Forward Observers etc. etc. 

Can I ask, is there a realistic chance we might see them in the WWII titles in the near future? 

I'd be very happy to pay for a cross-title 'Partisan Pack', so long as it included CM:BS as well.....Just a thought.

PS - Lend Lease Shermans.....For the love of god (& 3rd Guards Mech)! :P

 

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