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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
Bud Backer

Once Upon a Time on the Western Front

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5 hours ago, sburke said:

5 men down due to Sgt..... FURY!

This certifiable lunatic hero has broken third squad, finished my scout team, and killed a man in second squad. It’s quite bad news for me, but watching it all happen over less than 1 minute’s time was an astounding experience. 

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Bud,

  So cool.  Another one of those amazing moments in this game that leave you staring in shock and sends a shiver up your spine.  

  After seeing and hearing the devastation wrought upon 3d squad, that rifleman from 2nd squad must have had ice water in his veins as he waited for the right moment.  A true jäger.

  Great story telling Bud.  You took my breath away with the last series of panels.  

Heinrich505   

 

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59 minutes ago, IanL said:

Triple post! Nice, I thought I was the only one able to get things that messed up. :-)

It lies in wait, you know. Then when some innocent, unsuspecting person comes along, out it leaps and seizes you around the ankles, dragging you back into its voracious maw. [shudder]

Michael

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On 2018-04-14 at 11:41 PM, Heinrich505 said:

Bud,

  So cool.  Another one of those amazing moments in this game that leave you staring in shock and sends a shiver up your spine.  

  After seeing and hearing the devastation wrought upon 3d squad, that rifleman from 2nd squad must have had ice water in his veins as he waited for the right moment.  A true jäger.

  Great story telling Bud.  You took my breath away with the last series of panels.  

Heinrich505   

 

Thanks, Heinrich! I think the comment below says it well:

On 2018-04-15 at 1:22 AM, sburke said:

and that ladies and gentleman is Combat Mission. nuff said

 

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On 2018-04-15 at 2:18 PM, Michael Emrys said:

"Taps" is now being solemnly played all over the world.

:(

Michael

Yes, but he may have singlehanded turned this from tough to near-Impossible for me!

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Dearest Hirschie

Thank you for all your recent letters, I treasure each one. And i'm so proud of you, none of the other girls in my B.D.M trupp have a sweetheart at the front. Kill as many dirty amis as you can, and come home safe.

yours Paula

P.S. What did you buy me in Paris?

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The world is sometimes a very strange place.....Just had my own 'Sgt.Reed' moment, literally while reading this.  :o

Sadly I can't post it, but I believe @MOS:96B2P may have seen it.....This game can sometimes do remarkable things, it really can.  B)

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On 17.4.2018 at 4:49 AM, Bud Backer said:

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I don’t want to be picky, but this letter probably would have been completely blackened between “Dearest Paula” and “your Hirschie”. 😎

Don‘t think, this sort of reporting would have been appreciated by the censors.

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11 minutes ago, StieliAlpha said:

I don’t want to be picky, but this letter probably would have been completely blackened between “Dearest Paula” and “your Hirschie”. 😎

Don‘t think, this sort of reporting would have been appreciated by the censors.

They’d have to get to see it first. Hirsch has not had a chance to post anything in weeks... ;)

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9 hours ago, Warts 'n' all said:

Can't really blame the guys from 3rd Squad for wanting to stay put.

No. It’s where we in the world of CM get to push our men beyond the real world breaking point. 

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1 hour ago, Bud Backer said:

They’d have to get to see it first. Hirsch has not had a chance to post anything in weeks... ;)

Ha! Good point. Then make him burn his letters after the battle.

Eh, wait! He has time to write letters during the skirmish?🤔

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35 minutes ago, sburke said:

He’s posting on Facebook

What? Posting on Facebook?

Perhaps some Tweets would be nice, too. Seem to be the Media of choice at the moment.

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2 hours ago, Bud Backer said:

He wrote these after the battle, of course. Snippets of writing when one has a moment. :huh:

Ahhh, I see you have the story line very well thought through.

Will we see a panel with Hirsch and the firing squad at the end? Or will he receive the Ritterkreuz nevertheless?🤔

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