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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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On 2/27/2018 at 5:59 PM, Mord said:

CM turned me into a WWII freak.

Me too, I couldn't tell the difference between a Panzer III and a Tiger when I first started playing CMFI.. I know embarrassing right?

Now every moment of spare time which is not spent either playing (or editing) CM, is invested in either watching WW2 documentaries or reading about WW2 history & unit tactics.

 

 

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My favorite? The one I just played. 

For example, I'm doing some top, top, tippy-top secret Beta stuff. Mum's the word and all that. Examining [redacted], I found my eye kept wandering back to the brass ejecting out of the weapon, and near-perfect dispersion of the explosive rounds as they went downrange. Magic, that was.

 

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54 minutes ago, Josey Wales said:

Now every moment of spare time which is not spent either playing (or editing) CM, is invested in either watching WW2 documentaries or reading about WW2 history & unit tactics.

Yep. Before I got into CMBO, I had a rudimentary (if that) knowledge of WWII weapons and armor and such. And man, I just went apes*** after I started playing. But a big part of the fun, part of what makes it so engrossing, is the discovery; learning about all the weapon systems, vehicles, and troop types. Having all these things that are alien to you open up a new world of curiosity, and send you seeking knowledge in directions you'd never thought you'd go. It's a blast, and one of the reasons you'll never hear me say I am bored. There's just too much to learn about, to get bored.

And I stopped a long time ago, thinking certain theaters or time periods wouldn't interest me. CMBB cured me of that. I wasn't interested at all in Soviet era WWII when they announced the game. And then wham! it was CMBO all over again, this time with stuff that was really alien to me. Damn, man, now I am not sure there isn't any military history that WON'T interest me. From Shogun Japan, to the Eastern Front,  to Carthage vs Rome, to Napoleon, there's something for every mood. My biggest problem is I have too many interests pulling me. I picked up Pike & Shot last night for 10 bucks on Steam, so now I have another area to explore. Love it, man. LOVE IT!

 

Okay, I'll shut up now!

 

 

Mord.

 

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58 minutes ago, c3k said:

For example, I'm doing some top, top, tippy-top secret Beta stuff. Mum's the word and all that. Examining [redacted], I found my eye kept wandering back to the brass ejecting out of the weapon, and near-perfect dispersion of the explosive rounds as they went downrange. Magic, that was.

You're evil...like Satanic crotch crabs, on a man with no arms.

 

Mord.

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The correct question is 'which CM is better in WW2 and Modern era" since they play quite differently.

Can't say much about the WW2 since I own only CMBN (although Big Bundle is richest of all content-wise atm) - but for modern era it's CMBS hands down. CMSF and CM Afghanistan have their quirks and character and the former is just pure content porn - but gameplay- and difficulty-wise Black Sea is where it's at.

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16 minutes ago, kraze said:

The correct question is 'which CM is better in WW2 and Modern era" since they play quite differently.

Can't say much about the WW2 since I own only CMBN (although Big Bundle is richest of all content-wise atm) - but for modern era it's CMBS hands down. CMSF and CM Afghanistan have their quirks and character and the former is just pure content porn - but gameplay- and difficulty-wise Black Sea is where it's at.

So Black Sea for modern era, and what's everybody thinking the best is for WW2 era?

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Perversely I like CM:A the best among the modern titles (TBH it's probably my favourite overall).....It's an odd and quirky game that categorically won't be developed further, but it plays really well and can be a lot of fun.  It's also very cheap.  ;)

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CMSF for best modern. :D Especially once CMSF 2 is out.  Frankly my favorite all around, but if I had to choose best ww 2.  Damn that would be hard.

Really I am kind of in the same boat with c3k.  ask me next month, I am likely to give a different answer.  Last night I was messing with "A muddy affair" in CMFB and having a blast.

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