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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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Rugged Defence teams ladder recruiting

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The Rugged defence team ladder is back working again after having no administration for some time.

In that time a number of teams have folded or lost members. If you wish to take over running an empty team or join one of the existing teams then please contact me at: leab@btinternet.com

The ladder address:


The teams that end with 'Disbanded!' are available to be taken over and re-named. At present I prefer not starting any new teams until the current ones are taken.

The teams I know that are recruiting:

USA - Great Lakes

USA - The Stonewall brigade

To see the team status page:


I am looking to make this a busy ladder again with future plans and ideas, I hope this appeals to you smile.gif

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Nice one Chad smile.gif

Some people have been asking how the teams’ ladder works.

Well most of the games are just like a normal PBEM battle against one opponent; the difference is that you are representing your team and nationality or state.

We do have team challenges where one team all plays individual games against another team. Recently we have also started playing Operations, but in these we have a different team player taking a separate battle of the operation. I do like the operations, you value your own troops a lot more when you know you have to pass the remnants on to one of your teammates tongue.gif

If you are already on the Rugged defence ‘individual’ ladder then you can ask your opponent for the battle to count on both ladders if they agree, which makes for higher stakes.

The amount of effort needed is not that much at all, people usually play the occasional game for their team, you just ask the team leader to fix up a game for you. Players need not worry about their experience level of the game, most teams have a wide variety and all the players and team leaders I know seem to be nice people.

We have ideas cooking for future events and a team tournament, also the ladder is updated on a regular basis, feel free to contact me if you are interested: leab@btinternet.com

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