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      Once again proving that we don't sleep much, we have just released v1.01 for CM: Final Blitzkrieg.  There's lots of great improvements and fixes now just one download away.  Click HERE to see the release notes and download links.  Thanks to everybody for reporting issues and special thanks to the testers who make sure we don't overlook them.
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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:

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      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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Posted (edited)

Brother Ed is happily making craters on a 3-D printer, and I unearthed this to help him. Turns out this is a blast from my past, in the form of a runway cratering study I used when doing a report on US rapid runway repair capability in my early days at Hughes. This is, in part, quite the tutorial on crater configuration from aerial bombs and addresses dimensions  for a range of bomb sizes against both a range of runway types and against bare soil. It's called BOMB CRATER DAMAGE TO RUNWAYS and was authored by Peter Westine of the Southwest Research Institute. 

http://www.dtic.mil/dtic/tr/fulltext/u2/907456.pdf

P.S.

I give up! This post won't delete. Tried doing that after realizing I put it in the wrong place. Should be in CM GDF, not CMFB. Mods, please move it. Thanks! 

Regards,

John Kettler

Edited by John Kettler

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4 minutes ago, Artkin said:

I've made sure to help John along his way to reaching his personal nirvana. :lol:

Sure, but as long as his rep is negative, he is in hock to BFC (read the Eula). Once he goes positive, he will be emancipated. Do you really want to set him loose?

 

 

;)

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The whole marking people down like that smacked of childish schoolyard bullying.  I was appalled at the adolescent mentality of the folks who did that to John.  Glad we can at least mark him back to neutral.  Then it's up to him.

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10 hours ago, Erwin said:

The whole marking people down like that smacked of childish schoolyard bullying.  I was appalled at the adolescent mentality of the folks who did that to John.  Glad we can at least mark him back to neutral.  Then it's up to him.

Downvote? How on earth does that work? :mellow:

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7 minutes ago, Aragorn2002 said:

Downvote? How on earth does that work? :mellow:

It doesn’t. That functionality is no longer available since the forum was upgraded.

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4 hours ago, Bud Backer said:

It doesn’t. That functionality is no longer available since the forum was upgraded.

Just a minor correction - for the record. Steve disabled all voting due to our social problems. :) AKA some of us were mistreating others (not making a judgment that some people didn't *deserve* some negative feedback just pointing out that ganging up and intentionally down-voting everything someone posted = poor behaviour).

After a group time out and the last upgrade someone asked if it was possible to turn the reputation back on but only allow up-voting. And here we are.

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Posted (edited)
36 minutes ago, Bud Backer said:

It doesn’t. That functionality is no longer available since the forum was upgraded.

Didn't know that, but good to hear it's been eliminated. Sorry to hear John is still 'suffering' because of that. Perhaps he should be pardoned. :)

31 minutes ago, IanL said:

Just a minor correction - for the record. Steve disabled all voting due to our social problems. :) AKA some of us were miss treating others (not making a judgment that some people didn't *deserve* some negative feedback just pointing out that ganging up and intentionally downvoting everything someone posted = poor behaviour).

After a group time out and the last upgrade someone asked if it was possible to turn the reputation back on but only allow up-voting. And here we are.

I see. Yes, sometimes we take ourselves 'a little' too seriously at this forum. I know I make that mistake from time to time. Reading my own comments after a couple of weeks sometimes makes me want to hit myself with my keyboard. Not necessarily about what I say, but why I feel the need to say it in the first place. Social problems indeed. :)

Edited by Aragorn2002

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21 hours ago, c3k said:

Good grief! How did you find this? And congrats on your deficit to BFC being reduced to just negative 81. ;)

I think it's more a question of who else would have the imagination to even look for such things, or the tenacity to dig them up on a daily basis...

Checking in with the latest tidbits keeps me coming back to the forum. It's like a scavenger hunt, but without a list of things to find, the things find you instead!

 

2 hours ago, DerKommissar said:

I always thought the ridiculous negative score was some sort of inside-joke. Another great post.

That's a long story, thankfully such behavior is no longer possible. I almost quit the forum over it.

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6 hours ago, General Jack Ripper said:

I think it's more a question of who else would have the imagination to even look for such things, or the tenacity to dig them up on a daily basis...

Checking in with the latest tidbits keeps me coming back to the forum. It's like a scavenger hunt, but without a list of things to find, the things find you instead!

 

That's a long story, thankfully such behavior is no longer possible. I almost quit the forum over it.

Perhaps we all should have done that. I see that quite a few forum members have upvoted John in this thread. Let's all do that and make sure this kind of nonsense (downvoting) will be erased from history as soon as possible.  UPVOTE JOHN!!

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4 hours ago, Aragorn2002 said:

Let's all do that and make sure this kind of nonsense (downvoting) will be erased from history as soon as possible.  UPVOTE JOHN!!

+1 My friend!  :)

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On 10-4-2018 at 4:17 AM, c3k said:

Sure, but as long as his rep is negative, he is in hock to BFC (read the Eula). Once he goes positive, he will be emancipated. Do you really want to set him loose?

 

 

;)

Isn't there something like an 'ignore this member' option? People who are annoyed by Johns post's can simply use that. I'm not one of those people btw.

 

1 hour ago, MOS:96B2P said:

+1 My friend!  :)

Thanks, comrade!

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3 hours ago, Bud Backer said:

Yes go to Account Settings, on the right is Other Settings. One of those is Ignored Users. 

LOL there is some irony here...

Also you can hover over their name / avatar and the second choice along the bottom is to "Ignore User".

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16 hours ago, General Jack Ripper said:

I think it's more a question of who else would have the imagination to even look for such things, or the tenacity to dig them up on a daily basis...

?? OK that's not how I would put it. Thankfully there is an ignore user setting so I don't have to read some of the utter tosh that he finds. And no, the occasional good stuff does not outweigh the tosh.

 

16 hours ago, General Jack Ripper said:

That's a long story, thankfully such behavior is no longer possible. I almost quit the forum over it.

Yeah, *that* I can understand. I'm thankful too.

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Mission accomplished on erasing JK's deficit, but at the moment it won't budge off "0" neutrality and into positive territory.  He's long been both active and unfailingly polite.  His posts are often helpful and interesting.  Moving his rep to a positive number seems like an appropriate tip of the hat.

Edited by Rokossovski

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MOS:96B2P,

Since I don't want the trench grogs to feel ignored, I thought I"d show the dazzling work of a gentleman who makes WW I trench models of dazzling accuracy and detail, using mostly found materials, too. If we ever get CMGW (Combat Mission: Great War), this'll be important. 

https://mymodernmet.com/military-models-trench-warfare/

Regards,

John Kettler

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10 hours ago, John Kettler said:

WW I trench models of dazzling accuracy and detail

Wow, what amazing detail.  The time and effort that he must devote to this.  I had no idea there was so much technical information involved with a WWI trench.  From some of those dioramas it easy to understand how so many troops got trench foot. 

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