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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

My 2 scenarios - Heavy Metal and Afgan Pass

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Whoa… I think I’m bleeding from the eyes :D

---Spoilers… I guess

Heavy metal - something tells me a Stryker MOUT Coy was never designed to go up against a T-72M1V Coy reinforced with 10 ATGM teams and 6 heavy arty batteries at close range … I promise give it another shot when the bleeding stops.

Also, I'm pretty sure AGS-17s can't fire from buildings.

Afghan Pass – I’d suggest you edit the Blue’s objectives to having to destroy the ambushing force, just so this doesn’t happen:



Also a simple, even just a 2-liner, briefing would've been nice.

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Thanks, yep, I am adding some M1A1s to version 1.2, and a briefing as well.

Both a learning scenarios, and I am still just guessing when it comes to AI.

BTW, anyone feel free to use the maps, etc

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I played Afghan Pass and I won total victory just because my humvee touched the exit despite losing a lot of men.

It would have been nicer for you to give casualty and condition points for both sides.

But that is a really nice map. I love the way you restrict the vehicles to move along the road.

You can also set the ambush point farther from the objective so a rush tactic will yield more casualties.


And the infantry access to the upper parts of the plateau is very useful.

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1 hour ago, Erwin said:

Try Ian's site.  I gave him all the scenarios and campaigns I had

That's a good start, IIRC I grabbed over 400 scenarios from Ian.

Nonetheless there are far more scenarios available out there... I currently have over 750 (although I think there are doubles skewering the numbers).

Everything that I've bumped today (including several campaigns apparently) is not available anywhere else as far as I can tell.


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I would not be surprised if doubles were messing with you. My site does not host any files itself - and never will, as I do not have a file sharing infrastructure setup. So, the site can only point to hosted files on other sites. I also have a policy against linking to drop box shares because they are just not long term solutions. So for a scenario or a campaign to get listed it has to be hosted on a site intended for that purpose which at the moment are The Scenario Depot, the old BFC Repository and the Blitz. If any other sites spring up I would be OK with listing their files too.

Edit: ack I failed to recognize that this was a post on the Shock Force forum. I currently do not have a listing for CMSF because the tool I use to generate the web pages does not handle CMSF1. Indications are that it will work for CMSF2 and since CMSF2 is planned to read CMSF1 files with some work I can get a listing of all the CMSF scenarios. So, be patient because nothing will even being to happen until CMSF2 is out and after that the amount of time it will take to get everything listed will likely be as long as it took me to get the whole site setup. Except this time you guys will see how slow I work :D

Edited by IanL

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