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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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2 minutes ago, Warts 'n' all said:

I'm not so sure. I'd go for Hindenburg handing Mad Addy power, as the worst.

Or Versailles? We could also go back to the Franco-Prussian war, had France been more competent in that war WWI would probably have never started. But than at the same time, who knows what would have happened in those alternate realities. Without mad Addy (nice name though :)), Stalin might have had some idea's and decide to bring freedom to West and East Europe on his own.

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34 minutes ago, Warts 'n' all said:

I'm not so sure. I'd go for Hindenburg handing Mad Addy power, as the worst.

Or the army hiring H. to spy on radical organizations.

Michael

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1 hour ago, Lethaface said:

Stalin might have had some idea's and decide to bring freedom to West and East Europe on his own.

From what I remember from Lenin of the Rovers, Stevie Stalin wasn't very big on freedom.

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6 hours ago, Erwin said:

Never be amazed at the stupid things people do or say under the thrall of hubris - as in when one thinks one is unbeatable.   Hillary etc.

Not to mention, autobiographical memoirs are the worst form of historical records you could use.
Not only are they completely subjective in viewpoint, but they are never free of bias or revisionism.

 

4 hours ago, DerKommissar said:

I read some of "The German Way of War", by Dr. Citino, while on holiday. I may have to finish it.

I've read that book about six times. It's endlessly fascinating.
It certainly makes one never use the word 'Blitzkrieg' in it's most popular context ever again.

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Worst decisions in history? That's a good one, here's a few:

1. Princip's decision to assassinate the Arch Duke.

2. Franz Joseph's decision to declare war on Serbia.

3. Kaiser Wilhelm's and Tsar Nicholas II's decision to declare war on each other.

I'd think Tsar Nicholas II may have more than a few up there. By definition, no WW1 means no WW2. Well, that's a rather naive conclusion. No doubt those clowns would have found some other excuse to send the world into total war.

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7 hours ago, DerKommissar said:

No doubt those clowns would have found some other excuse to send the world into total war.

I agree. I think Napoleon had fed their appetites for a really big blood-letting. There hadn't been any really big wars since the Emperor had surrendered and then had his wine poisoned. Everything since then had just been appetizers: the ACW; the various Prussian wars; the Russo-Japanese war; the Boer War. All those had left hints of what could be. Now they wanted to take it to the big leagues.

Michael

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On 16/05/2018 at 8:48 AM, Bozowans said:

If oil is completely unnecessary for armaments production, then why did Albert Speer say otherwise?

Did he wrote that is his memoirs after the war? If so, I'd take it with a big grain of salt. During the war, at the end of 1944 he said that the war would be lost, if the Upper Silesian Industrial Region was captured by the Soviets. BTW even by the end of 1944, none from the upper echelons of the Nazi elites, was seriously considering, that Third Reich would be defeated. Even the supposedly rational Speer was "working towards the Fuhrer", convinced that there could be a bloody draw, which would convince the Western Powers to ally with Germany against the Soviets. At some stage Himmler was even trying to suggest Hitler, that maybe a separate peace with Soviet Union would be possible. No rational thinking there in any case. It was really the failure of the Ardennes offensive which persuaded those who could be convinced, that there would be no German victory. According to Kersaw, half of German military dead were suffered during the war, died during the period from July of 1944 till the end of the war. Also half of the bombs dropped on Germany by the Allies account for the last nine months of the war. The efforts of Speer assured, that the Second World War agony would last for as long as it did.

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This is a topic that professional historians spend years studying and debating, and it's kind of annoying seeing random internet posters claim that they're experts on the topic.

The historians still study and debate this issue and they are very far from drawing the final conclusions. That's why a random guy from Youtube, who claims "it was oil" sounds so ridiculous. 
 

 

Ps. You really gotta love Dr Citino. 
 

 

 

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15 hours ago, Ivanov said:

The historians still study and debate this issue and they are very far from drawing the final conclusions. That's why a random guy from Youtube, who claims "it was oil" sounds so ridiculous. 

I've noticed that much of what gets posted on YT shares that characteristic. The self-descriptions of the items consists almost entirely of superlatives; the item is the "most" this or the "fantastic" that. And then when you open it, it falls completely flat. It has gotten so that I simply avoid anything with "amazing" or "top ten" in the title.

Michael

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3 hours ago, Michael Emrys said:

The self-descriptions of the items consists almost entirely of superlatives; the item is the "most" this or the "fantastic" that. And then when you open it, it falls completely flat. I

I think this fits well to describe both content of the internet  (directed to the millennial generation who doesn't read books, just shares links and videos ) and to modern media ( news programs, press etc ) in general.

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