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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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kr0114

how about terrain and environment in southern France?

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i heard US Forces fought in Northern France stuck in the bocage and it was pretty hard to advance,

but didnt know about southern France after operation Dragoon. is there bocages too?

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The term bocage means a heavily wooden countryside. As opposed to a type of hedgerow, as it is used in the game. It is not exclusive to Normandy, e.g there is a Villers - Bocage in the Somme Departement. There were some battles from Operation Dragoon included on the bonus disc that came with the original game "Beyond Overlord", 17 or 18 years ago. My fading memory seems to tell me that the terrain was more akin to that now used in Fortress Italy.

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13 hours ago, Warts 'n' all said:

The term bocage means a heavily wooden countryside. As opposed to a type of hedgerow, as it is used in the game. It is not exclusive to Normandy, e.g there is a Villers - Bocage in the Somme Departement. There were some battles from Operation Dragoon included on the bonus disc that came with the original game "Beyond Overlord", 17 or 18 years ago. My fading memory seems to tell me that the terrain was more akin to that now used in Fortress Italy.

thx for info! i recently interested in southern front of france and caen,im gonna play CMBN again then :)

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15 hours ago, Warts 'n' all said:

 There were some battles from Operation Dragoon included on the bonus disc that came with the original game "Beyond Overlord", 17 or 18 years ago.

Really? I never heard of that, and I surely would have bought it if I had.

Michael

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There's a scenario that takes place just west of Orleans following the Cobra breakout (A Delaying Action). About as far east as the game gets before the Arnhem module. Its not quite the Champaign campaign and not a large maneuver map, but it gets you out of hedgerow country at least.

'Bocage' in Normandy is a generic name for a particular terrain feature. Densely overgrown field partitions too thick to be easily penetrated, often with an ancient rock wall core covered in stout roots. You'll notice in the Bulge title the 'bocage' is no longer impenetrable. Because mere tall roadside foliage is a different animal than a fearsome Normandy hedgerow.

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5 hours ago, Michael Emrys said:

Really? I never heard of that, and I surely would have bought it if I had.

Michael

I don't know how long after the original release I bought "Beyond Overlord" but, I don't remember seeing it here in Limeyland without the bonus disc. Sadly, it's been so long since I played it, and I don't even know if I still have my old score book, so I can't even tell you the name of any of the Dragoon battles. Hopefully someone can tell us.

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16 hours ago, MikeyD said:

You'll notice in the Bulge title the 'bocage' is no longer impenetrable.

I had wondered about this but haven't played enough FB to check it out.

Michael

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On 8.2.2018 at 4:50 AM, kr0114 said:

i heard US Forces fought in Northern France stuck in the bocage and it was pretty hard to advance,

but didnt know about southern France after operation Dragoon. is there bocages too?

“Southern France” is pretty unspecific. You are talking about a 500k wide front.

In veeery broad terms:

To the very west, from Atlantic Ocean to Mediterranean Sea, you have the pretty rugged foothills of the Pyrennees.

Along the Mediterranean Coast, from the Spanish border almost up to the Italian border, comes a, say 100k wide stretch of rural farmland. Quite open, rolling hills, scattered small forests.

Behind that,  to the north and stretching west to east, is the Cevennes mountain range, say 60k wide. Not too high mountains, max about 1500m, but quite rugged and with dense forests.

At their east end, the Cevennes merge with the French Alps, which continue into Italy and Switzerland.

 Behind the coastal zone, traffic north is quite much channeled by a handful of river valleys, running north to south into the Mediterranean Sea.

All not too densely populated, but with many small, compact villages and towns, as well as some bigger cities. Ah, not to forget: Many pretty sturdy Chateaus scattered over the country.

So, no Bocage or hedge country, but difficult to navigate. I understand, after Operation Dragoon, large bodies of the German army escaped to the North, because the US followed only very cautiously, in constant fear of ambushes.

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