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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:


      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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Consider this a petition.

Hello, Battlefront

We truly love you

Beyond Overlord was perhaps the very first wargame I played in my life back in early 2000s, and that's including real board games as well. And I have fallen in love. The gaming high standard you've set would make me looking reluctantly on the spinal entertainment flooded the market. Your early connection to Avalon Hill has defined very much my interests and hobbies - WWII history, Advanced Squad Leader...

Thank you for all that, sincerely

I'm not anymore in M$ world, for long long time - both professionally and privately, just as more and more of us. Thanks, God, never again. One thing I'm checking repeatedly on - WWII-themed WeGo Combat Mission. There's just you, Battlefront. And I realize, no release on Linux of anything from the series will ever happen.

I understand, why

But it's still such a shame to observe how your probably the oldest asset, CM:BO, being already free as in beer (i.e. you don't make any profit on it anymore and offer it free of charge) , rots without any updates, so that even "normal people" (M$ users) start experiencing incompatibilities they couldn't workaround. Not to speak about Linux afterlife.

I'm afraid, we couldn't compensate you for porting directly. But there's a significant chance that if you consider opening the source code of CM:BO, there will be some crowd effort made to bring it back to a better life in the modern world. And shall you publish them under some Open Source license, then this chance would be much higher. At the very least, this would allow us to fix Wine without any difficult reverse engineering of the binary, or may be fix the core to make it more compatible to Wine, or both. Or with some luck, completely port it.

That would be fantastic

I reckon, there might be portions of 3rd party code within the CM:BO sources, which you absolutely cannot publish this way, and they need to be identified and removed upfront. This task might be significantly big as it is, and you may be lacking resources even for that.

I'm sure, I could give you a hand pro bono

Please consider opening CM:BO!

In any case, thanks a lot, keep doing incredibly good job!


Al Nikolov, Build System Engineer, Finland

Edited by btbroot

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Always great to hear from Finland - I have family in Kuopio, Lahti and Helsinki.  You might want to send e-mails direct to BF as am not sure if anyone monitors these old CM1 forums on a regular basis. 

Also, while CMBO was a fabulous game in its time, have you looked at the newer CMBB and CMAK games?  They are a significant improvement in terms of features and what a player could do over CMBO.  There is still a healthy enthusiasm for CMBB and CMAK - am currently playing in a CMBB tournament right now thru WeBOB (https://www.tapatalk.com/groups/webandofbrothers/).  But,  hardly anyone plays CMBO any more. 

Good luck to you and congrats on your recent 100 year anniversary.

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