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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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15 hours ago, kraze said:

Like a game that gets released in 2030

Ahaha, so going by BFCs engine development it will visually look like a game from 2002? :P

J/K guys, love the game.

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On 1/27/2018 at 9:28 PM, kinophile said:

http://www.dupuyinstitute.org/blog/2016/09/01/russias-strategy-in-ukraine/

Last line: "the West should think about what a rematch might look like several years from now."

What would a Black Sea, Part Deux look like?

I think will be about baltic countries. But I guess we will not see Black Sea 2 for at least 5 or even more years from now. At least 3 modules should be out before the next game will be there. Tons of things should be improved within Black Sea N1 and from a financial point of view making a sandbox withing Black Sea 1 makes more sense. 1st Modules is easier to do, 2nd they are cheaper than new game so more people will buy it, 3rd Black Sea so far represent around 40-50% of russian, Ukrainian and American hardware, units, formations etc. So Black Sea one has a big bright future, from those things I've herd (in my topic named "Whats next? When?" it should be updated massively although we dont know if it will happen in spring or in summer). 

Here some things to think on: there are still no separatisits, no national guard of Ukraine, no Marines of US, no Rangers, no Ariborne troops, etc. 

So I mean maybe Black Sea 2 will come out one day but as I understand it will happen closer to 2025 including amount of content what might be added to this game. 

Plus there can be additional maps, scenarios, campigns, battlepacks 2.0 and so on and so on. 

So yea we will be playing in Ukraine for quite some time I guess. 

With that being said I would like to see Poland and Belorussian forcess added to original Black Sea. 

It would be call to see winter added at last so that we can make missions about Donets Airport and so on. 

I would like to see All the Baltic Countries arimes in the game. 

But again everything will depend on what developing team is going to do. So far I'm waiting for some modules to be released. 

One thing to keep in mind - last time there was any activity related to CM games was nearly year ago... I wonder what they were doing all this year... 

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1 hour ago, Chudacabra said:

Personally, I would rather see resourced directed towards CM: Fulda Gap than Black Sea 2. 

Or CM: North German Plain.  CM: Red Denmark?  CM: Seven Days to the Rhine? :wub:

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2 hours ago, Oleksandr said:

I would like to see nato forces invading russia and forcing it to became a democracy. 

Now we are firmly in the land of fantasy. If Russia were invaded and looked like they were losing, they'd go to nukes, and that would be that.

:rolleyes:

Michael

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Rule 1, on page 1 of the book of war, is: "Do not march on Moscow". Various people have tried it, Napoleon and Hitler, and it is no good. That is the first rule. I do not know whether your Lordships will know Rule 2 of war. It is: "Do not go fighting with your land armies in China". It is a vast country, with no clearly defined objectives.

Bernard Law Montgomery

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17 hours ago, HerrTom said:

Or CM: North German Plain.  CM: Red Denmark?  CM: Seven Days to the Rhine? :wub:

Anything late 70s/80s would be awesome. Even though I love CMBS, some more evenly matched, but still modern forces would be great. I don't need no stinkin' APS!

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1- NATO forces along with Ukraine are invading Belarus and forcing it to become a democracy. 

2 - NATO forces along with Ukraine are reuniting Moldovian territories by destroying PMR. 

3 - NATO forces are building up in Georgia in order to return those territories what were occupied by russia in 2008. 

4 - NATO feeds russia with nuclear sandwich and afterwords invading Caucasus region in order to make countries of that region independant players what will be playng their political and economical games in our (western world) favor. 

5 - stuff like that. 

Edited by Oleksandr

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43 minutes ago, Oleksandr said:

4 - NATO feeds russia with nuclear sandwich and afterwords invading Caucasus region in order to make countries of that region independant players what will be playng their political and economical games in our (western world) favor. 

Really? Nuclear? And without response?

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More realistically-unrealistic:

NATO attacks to internationally recognized border.  The ensuing political fallout, economic damage from the conflict is sufficient to cause a general collapse in the central authority in Russia. Various national movements take this as their chance to rise, with Russia's most capable forces either destroyed, detained, or in need of serious reset before deploying.  The frozen wars in Georgia and elsewhere kick off again resulting in Russian "peacekeepers" being overwhelmed, while fallout from the cyber-exchange between NATO and Russia leaves the "loyal" elements of the Russian government struggling to operate as a modern military HQ.  As things spiral out of control, the Russian state continues to splinter into an increasingly less capable collection of "True" Russian states, ethnic enclaves and so forth.  

So basically scenarios with the one functional Armata shooting IS-2s taken from memorials.  Possible "branch" campaign where a NATO task force moves into the Kalingrad enclave after the local leadership threatens Poland as part of an Ultra-Nationalist ploy to become a Baltic North Korea.

Again it's all pretty out there, but needless to say a full on NATO invasion isn't realistic at all.  

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The main reason to be skeptical about any possibility of war with a near peer (eg: Russia) is that even winning such a war runs a high probability of deteriorating one's own best forces.  What does one do then when a third near peer state (eg China or even N. Korea) start threatening the world? 

China is already a larger threat to the west than Russia due to the failed theory that foreign business and investment would liberalize/democratize China, and now its massive grab for the entire S. China Sea through which the majority of the world's trade sails through.  Also what hasn't been widely reported is China's current attempt to seize a land corridor in Bhutan ("3 corners area") allowing is access to India and blocking India's access to the NE of its own country. 

http://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy-defence/article/2124375/china-building-troop-numbers-near-doklam-after-summer  

https://www.economist.com/blogs/economist-explains/2017/08/economist-explains-6  

Analyzing the situation as above explains why it makes perfect sense for the US to be so concerned about massive rearmament asap.  But, it's doubtful that the US/West in currently in any position to do anything re foreign adventures/incursions etc.  So, can relax and be happy (for a while)... 

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4 hours ago, Oleksandr said:

forcing it to become a democracy

Does anyone else see the minor flaw in this thinking?  :rolleyes:

Hint:  It's not a ******* democracy if you impose it by force!  :mellow:

 

Edited by Sgt.Squarehead

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Umm, yes it can be.

Eg., Post War Germany. 

Now probably the strongest democracy in Europe.

EG. Post War Japan.

US, for all its flaws, is a democracy. Riddled by patronage, corruption and constantly unbalanced by its sheer wealth, yet very much a democracy, and very much imposed by force (revolution).

The English Civil War imposed a parliamentary democracy.

And the French revolution, head chopping and all, imposed a democracy, literally by force.

The Irish War of Independence (shameless plug) forced the English to leave and replaced them with a democracy (well, a Republic, but democracy in function).

And thats just the basic ones off the top of my head.

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8 hours ago, Oleksandr said:

1- NATO forces along with Ukraine are invading Belarus and forcing it to become a democracy. 

2 - NATO forces along with Ukraine are reuniting Moldovian territories by destroying PMR. 

3 - NATO forces are building up in Georgia in order to return those territories what were occupied by russia in 2008. 

4 - NATO feeds russia with nuclear sandwich and afterwords invading Caucasus region in order to make countries of that region independant players what will be playng their political and economical games in our (western world) favor. 

5 - stuff like that. 

Honestly, jingoism like this is disturbing to me.  I dunno. I read things like this all in one spot and I get this uneasy feeling in my gut.

22 minutes ago, kinophile said:

Umm, yes it can be.

My read was that Squarehead was cutting along the lines of "You're gonna be our democracy" by force as opposed to "Oh darn, we just annihilated a country.  Wanna vote who's boss now?" kind of thinking.  I mean, I can give counter examples in the democracies in Eastern Europe in the late 40s - they had elections after all, and the Right Party ended up winning, too!

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11 hours ago, Sgt.Squarehead said:

Does anyone else see the minor flaw in this thinking?  :rolleyes:

Hint:  It's not a ******* democracy if you impose it by force!  :mellow:

 

When has that stopped the west from trying Iraq, Libya, Syria.......democracy is just a contemporary motivational tool - like religion was in the crusades

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22 hours ago, Oleksandr said:

5 - stuff like that. 

No NATO force will ever attack / invade Russia. It was never designed for that, there was never an appetite for that. It will never happen. The Russian government can go on and on about the NATO threat but NATO forces are only a threat to Russians who are in someone else's country - specifically only other NATO members.

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