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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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Hi Quisquous,

Welcome to the SC forums :)

Thanks for your post and I'll try and help you as best as I can but to be honest I am not sure I understand many of your concerns. I can address some of the questions with a best guess as to what the issue might be but for others I was wondering if you could expand on the issues a bit.

I was disappointed, either at the inconsistency of the AI or at the lack of personnal apptitude

I'm not really sure what this means, i.e. lack of personal aptitude? Can you explain this further?

The inabibility of the AI to allow an attack upon Dakar begs for an explanation

I'm a bit confused on this one as well, the AI did not attack or was it that you could not attack? Can you provide a screenshot as well so we can have a better idea of what the perceived issue was?

Or why once taking Ireland can German units not transport out nor be reinforced wihin Ireland for as much as four turns?

Was the port and city possibly reduced to below 5 in strength? If so then what you noticed would make sense as you are encountering a supply and infrastructure issue limiting your ability to reinforce and your ability to transport away from Ireland.

And attacking units in China completely mystifies me in regards to repeatability (or lack of)

I'm not sure what this means either, can you explain a bit further what the exact issue is?

Hopefully with more detailed responses either I or other players familiar with the game will be able to help.

Hubert

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One thing you may not get is entrenchment. Your odds will be bad - so soften the target up - air is best, but also you can repeatedly attack and dislodge the enemy unit once it gets down to 0 more effectively. I would suggest just playing it a lot - you will just naturally get the hang of it after awhile. The rules all make sense, actually - and just ask here you can get answers.

Ports don't work at strength 4 or less, though u can land there in 2 turns (1 turn to enter, second to land). You cannot leave though unless the port is strength 5 or better.

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Edmonton, Alberta, Canada here. Twenty-Five long years ago in the rural southern Alberta town of Cowley I purchased with my summer job money a game called World in Flames. It was far too complex for me at the time being only fifteen years old. It did however start to make some sense after having it spread out on a large boardroom table. I always wondered what the Murmansk convoys were all about.

That wonder created a natural inclination towards historical facts and a love for WWII history. The Encyclopedia Britannica would literally fall open to the aircraft. Well read to say the least.

Graduated and did exceedingly well in Social Studies. Prior to graduating I programmed BASIC on Apple IIE. Purchased with more summer funds my own Apple IIC. Enjoyed playing Ultima although I could never understand what the one True Axiom was.

Really like Star Trek board games during that time and played much D&D. Then came serious adulthood - A year or two early. Working in a small sawmill I helped build from the ground up I came close to loosing my right hand. Apparently I'm not all that wicked because I still have it.

After healing up and graduating I followed what I knew best at the time and Graded more lumber. Ended up with a great Union Job and partied hard for a couple years. That included many long long weekends playing you guessed it Axis and Allies with an opponent as committed to the Allies cause as I was to the Axis. Fun times until the frozen hamburger started flying, lol.

Moved on from that job after and scored another great Union job in the interior of British Columbia. Poor work ethic still though but I was enjoying my youth. That was right around the time Windows 95 came out. I recall toying with it some and always wondering who the hell the systems administrator was. That was until my Slackware CD's came in the mail. Startx and the rest was preplanned history.

Stayed in BC for the most part semi-retired. Worked more or less when I wanted to. Was hard to work when you helped build and maintain a little golf course. The stress of it all, lol - I'd come up with any reason to blow off work back then - especially if the dial up was working good.

Anyway more or less ten years later arrived in Calgary and took some cheesy computer training that only enforced my attitude about Microsoft products. I flipped the switch on my Linux server in 2002 and gave life to some fairly well traveled websites. I'd like to say I was one of the forerunners to modern social networking sites. I certainly had active members and they kept signing up fifty to seventy-five a day.

Yeah those were the days. College on $3600.00 for the whole year. Man the quicker I could get out with my diploma the better and I was in and out in ten-months with honors.

Stumbled across this great Milton-Bradly game on disk. It was called Axis and Allies. Played it whenever I had the chance. Still like to occasionally except I think my disk is scratched or rather yes that was it that is what led me to Battlefront - Axis and Allies wouldn't work on XP.

So being out of the Sawmill career as I saw that industry heading downhill for a decade I moved into the natural career choice of oil and gas. The family had always had more heavy equipment and camps then they could keep working so every so often I would go build some ice road, haul water or grade road.

By 2004 I was living in Edmonton and life was good. After having to put up with the life of a non-unionized employee for a couple of years I scored another Union Job operating equipment. My webservers by this time are still online and serving up pages to the entire world.

My experience grows and so does the number of sites I host for myself. Around that time I'm doing about 1000 sites under 5 or so domains. Learned everything about Linux security and web development that I cared to and implemented with more long term goals in mind.

2007 discovered Lustre. Interesting I thought. 2008 pretty sure I purchased a good domain. 2009 started to trademark "IOIO Off To Work We Go". For Christmas in 2009 I pretty much built my own High Performance Compute Cluster to compensate for my lack of formal education. It looks nothing like http://ioio.ca/Lustre-tcp-bonding/Lustre-notes/network.jpg as I've since moved from Edmonton into my new home in rural central Alberta.

I'm still pretty much semi retired and only have to work half the year. I fill a lot of my spare time playing computer games. I call it the software developmental life cycle, lol SDLC. When I'm damn well good and ready I'll program something nice to coordinate with the TM and the websites.

Suffice to say though I've made a number of posts here since 2008 and well they appear to have got the axe for one reason or another. I might have been around to answer or contribute more but another game that I played some between Strategic Command was and I don't really want to repeat it least anyone decide to try and end up hooked on MMORPG was EverQuestII.

Got into Strategic Command with Weapons and Warfare followed by Patton Drives East and now finally Global Conflict. I must say I'm exuberant with the new map that Nupremal has produced and after having gained access to the repository I very quickly stopped playing the other scenarios.

I also purchased from Battlefront the Kursk 1943 game and enjoy playing that too. I can see if the maps for Strategic Command Global Conflict get any bigger I'm going to have to purchase a much larger monitor - I'm actually considering it because the 42" is getting a little small at this rate. I'm wondering if the entire map would fit on a 60" screen?

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I thought I'd been around alot with being a meteorologist, an electrician, and an economist, but Rdent, you have made me look like a novice. Quite a history you have there, and still 6 years younger than me.

Welcome aboard....again. :cool:;):D

Some of those game titles sure bring back memories....

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Hello there ^^,

- First thanks for the game, played the demo and it was what I was looking for so I got the game ;) . Fun, not (too much) time eating, challenging without being hard to understand.

- I like the fact that it is all about making "basic" choices (Moscow or Kiev, Malta or Creta...), planning accordingly and... living with the anavoidable reality check coming sooner or later :D .

- Enough flowers thrown at the game, I'll probably have some :confused: moments after playing more (SCGCgold basic 39 campaign beginner level right now). Just diving in and getting flattened by AI before going back to read rules is my way to learn the ropes.

***

- Second, about me... I'm French, 32, history college degree (for what it's worth nowadays :rolleyes:).

- Gaming experience:

Paper games: all the way from AH Gettysburgh to DG Totaller Krieg

PC games: fromthe good ol' Centurio to PX Europa Universalis

Thanks for reading !

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What's hot in gaming this summer? I'll be uplate/early gambling on French Open tennis; therefore I may have some time for some WW2. Looking for some SC-action; MGM, Winn Casino, Belliago style. I really don't need a re-introduction, just look up RACK on battlefront.wikipedia.

Another Day, Another Time,

-Legend

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Mr. Rambo, hey how are you m8. It's me, yes, in the flesh...

Liam...Survived the Devil and Closest thing to Marriage on Earth(Marriage is tougher than the Devil)

You bet on French Open Tennis without consulting the Master of all that is Tennis :P I suppose you lost without consulting meh :P

Where are the Old Guns? I went through some of the postings and what are the newer games like, how do they compare?

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Mr. Rambo, hey how are you m8. It's me, yes, in the flesh...

Liam...Survived the Devil and Closest thing to Marriage on Earth(Marriage is tougher than the Devil)

You bet on French Open Tennis without consulting the Master of all that is Tennis :P I suppose you lost without consulting meh :P

Where are the Old Guns? I went through some of the postings and what are the newer games like, how do they compare?

Yo, how goes it Liam DarthSkywalker. Glad to see you're still alive & have survived the guiles of the female gender of the species. I only bet the majors when it comes to tennis, need to avoid the laydowns & withdraws of the smaller venues. Hey, that sounds like my SC play, it's only about big matches. I got into SC-Global, played quite a bit during some business traveling. Played Jollyguy alot. Also like Vypuero's mods, he's a natural for development. There's many Young Guns these days, couple of Bunta (Yes, Germans) that have mad game, like Terif risen again.

-Legend

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