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  1. He's an Oddstraylian for god's sake. He wouldn't know what to do with a gentle afterlife. Here's hoping he's having a rip roaring time in whatever follows this midden heap of an existence. Didn't have the opportunity to know you Stuka, my loss. Another Oddstraylian I could have kicked, but god speed to you anyway.
  2. Step right up, step right up. What are you suffering from, no no don't tell me, doesn't matter! I have the magic elixir cure all that will fix any ailment. Not only that if you need your battery terminals cleaned or want to get rid of a rodent infestation it'll help with that too - Yours! for just 16.99 plus shipping. um hold on still working on the fine print warnings....
  3. Yeah really. I like CMBS but the tech aspect can be overwhelming. Interesting to see the developments from CMSF era., but I still prefer CMSF.
  4. Looking for some personal validation? Not getting enough on the MBT?
  5. Pfft yeah how many of them have been accused of being a NATO front! Now we’re talking baby!
  6. Nice post @BletchleyGeek and far more articulate than mine. I know some folks would more than likely consider me a fanboi. Ha haven’t heard that term in a while. I wouldn’t, I just feel that BF has a pretty good track record in terms of business decisions and adaptability if their strategy for patching and upgrades doesn’t pan out. The new single download being a good example. I undestand when folks get antsy when there are gaps in releases or periods of low activity, but we seem to just repeat ourselves with these cries like they are facing imminent demise and then suddenly there is a flurry of activity and our world is safe again. Personally I think we just need to be patient.
  7. deleted. This isn't worth investing any effort in. I take that back, one thing is worth it. for the record. Other examples of passive-aggressive behavior might include avoiding direct or clear communication,.... playing the victim,.... sarcasm, backhanded compliments, and hiding anger.
  8. you are so freakin passive aggressive. That wasn't an observation. it was a snot nose response worthy of a 5 year old. You want to play at that level do it with someone else.
  9. you are a real class act Erwin. Having a tough day trying to figure out what to complain about? Maybe you can join CarlWAW and decide the latest conspiracy theory about BF.
  10. Please don't start that again. That has been debated so often here and every thread eventually gets locked because of it. BF has explicitly stated they are not interested. They have given reasons, but they frankly don't matter here as they aren't going to debate it and will simply close this thread when they get tired of us debating it. It isn't gonna happen.
  11. I just tried a rough run. If you use the stone 24 bridge, set all the tiles around it to say 20 and the bridge endpoints do a ctrl click at 27 it fits pretty well with a 3 story building. You can adjust for lower if you want to stick with 2 story buildings, but the arch won't look as good. When you review it I think you may agree with combatinfman's observation that it is likely more than 2 story.
  12. Perceptions can be very misleading. I have two neighbors on my street who have suddenly expressed interest and one is actively trying it. You’d never know that from a forum post so I pretty much distrust anyone telling me what they think is going on that does not have access to actual sales and download data. No offense but you and I don’t have anything but circumstantial data to work on. i do however agree that some new content could not possibly hurt. BF however is far more acutely aware of that than we are and has a lot more skin in the game. I have a lot of faith in their business acumen and track record. Their history speaks for itself.
  13. Getting that arch in may be tough too. I tried a couple different options on one map but the closest I have seen for anyone succeeding was to use a bridge.
  14. That is one of the cool things about this special is it is also provoking a discussion in Vietnam about whether the decisions by their leadership were correct and who actually made them. Was this in fact the best strategy to unite their country and how much responsibility do they own for it escalating the way it did. I have seen some of the criticisms and complaints that have been made about shortcomings in how Ken Burns focused the story, but if he has both Americans and Vietnamese debating the origins of such an enormously costly war, he scored pretty big.
  15. How is comparing a completely different game relevant to this? I could just as well ask why are war in the east, war in the west and war in the pacific 3 different games? Pointless, they are not CM they don’t have the same issues and it does nothing to further this conversation.
  16. Not sure what your point is. Maybe not ideal, but I don't think I have heard a better option from anyone who actually knows what the limitations are that drove BF's decision. As an example- you complained that having multiple families means wasted space on the hard drive for repeat files. Compare the size of the data folder to the over all game folder. I'll give you a hint - most of the game size is the data folder. Going back to your complaint. If everything was in one single Combat Mission game as individual modules and I did not want CMFI, I now have 10 gb of data unnecessarily. That is more than the rest of the files combined for every single family including modern. The data folder generally represents about 90% of the file size of the game. All told if you add up all the data files for the CMx2 families it is something like 47 gb. The alternative is to do what you complained about previously and keep the modules as separately downloadable. So which is it? How is breaking up the modules from what is now a single download for all of CMBN better? Another example - tank riders. Having CMRT as a separate family allowed BF to introduce them without impacting existing games. The single family model would have meant a discrepancy of behavior within the single game depending on which theater you selected and the time frame of that theater. The alternative is that BF would have to redesign ALL the models in the game and we would have even less content now. Rather than criticize BF's decision I'd like to hear someone explain how they would do it differently that would have worked better and not do it by making assumptions like "they could do it in CMx1 so obviously they should be able to do it with CMx2". BF explicitly said that wasn't an option so unless you think you know better than Steve how the game works, that is pretty much a non starter. For someone who says of course we understand about the ToEs, you seem to forget the ToE structure in CMx2 is very different from CMx1. Hell just look how much trouble the ToE difference in CMFI gave Steve in getting that game up to 4.0. You can't compare apples and oranges when you are baking lasagna.... or something like that... I don't consider myself an uber fanatic, but in looking at the constraints I would have to say I think BF made the right call. Would I like something simpler with everything in one place that allowed me to select Russians versus Americans in the editor? Oh man you bet your ass I would. I just take a step back though and look at what would have to work for that to happen. And what would have to happen is that Steve would have to be wrong. That isn't something I am likely to bet on. Besides is it really so difficult to have 4 shortcuts versus one?
  17. Looks like ISIS morale is crumbling. There are still for sure going to be some diehards, but the collapse of the caliphate is here. What remains to be seen is what happens next. The underlying disaffection that feeds these organizations isn't changing so inevitably it will simply morph into something else given time and no change on the ground. https://www.nytimes.com/2017/10/08/world/middleeast/isis-iraq-surrender.html?rref=collection%2Fsectioncollection%2Fworld&action=click&contentCollection=world&region=rank&module=package&version=highlights&contentPlacement=1&pgtype=sectionfront&_r=0 For an extremist group that has made its reputation on its ferociousness, with fighters who would always choose suicide over surrender, the fall of Hawija has been a notable turning point. The group has suffered a string of humiliating defeats in Iraq and Syria, but the number of its shock troops who turned themselves in to Kurdish officials at the center in Dibis was unusually large, more than 1,000 since last Sunday. The fight for Mosul, Iraq’s second-largest city, took nine months, and by comparison, relatively few Islamic State fighters surrendered. Tal Afar fell next, and more quickly, in only 11 days. Some 500 fighters surrendered there. The Iraqi military ousted the Islamic State, also known as ISIS and ISIL, from Hawija in 15 days, saying it had taken its forces only three days of actual heavy fighting before most of the extremists grabbed their families and ran. According to Kurdish officials, they put up no fight at all, other than planting bombs and booby traps.
  18. They could theoretically do that with the license model as well, but BF has explicitly stated on several occasions that the issue is they can't build the game that way, not that they can't price it that way. They can't be any clearer about it yet people keep making this suggestion that somehow they could, but decided for pricing or some other reason that they didn't. It is a false assumption. We gamers seem to not understand that the game engine is dependent on a lot of things including the ToE structure. The ToE for even the German Army alone is all over the place throughout the war. That factor has been a big part of BF determining how the families get built. Folks might just want to consider some of the items BF has been pointing out that we seem to conveniently ignore if it disrupts our pet theories on why they do what they do.
  19. There is no "complex system of upgrades and modules". There is a single download per family that you apply your license (s) against. Likely as simple as it can get. If you buy just the base game of CMBN you DL the same thing as if you download the big bundle. Your license decides what you get to play. Yes it did take some time to get to that point, but that has been the reality for a little while now.
  20. not sure how you can conclude it would be easy when BF explicitly states that it would not. I appreciate your impatience, but that does not reflect BF "abandoning" CMBS. Hell look at how long it took between the first release of CMSF and CMBN coming out. Everyone is in your position regardless of which game family they prefer. Eastern Front folks waited a long time for Red Thunder. Those of us who really like Shock force have waited 6 years from the release of CMBN before we even heard BF would actually consider updating it to the current engine so if you want to start on the "abandoned" bandwagon, get in line. We CMSF fans were here first.
  21. It has been 70 years since the US has been in a near peer conflict. What we have been in since is conflicts with countries that are nowhere close, but for various political issues have us fighting in environments where the AA threat is considerably higher than those countries alone would normally represent (N Korea, Vietnam, Serbia). Our aircraft can't be assumed to be operating in a low intensity environment even if we don't go toe to toe with China or Russia. What we need to be looking at is what kind of air defenses are potentially available to any adversary we face and then develop our armed forces accordingly. If the A 10 can only be expected to operate in a low intensity conflict then dollar wise it probably isn't a good spend in the long run. If you are fighting desert yahoos, the Apache seems to be a pretty good alternative. Not to mention a few drones loitering over the area. The limitations the A 10 has seem to be more an argument to figure out where can it be utilized and why can't one of our other weapons systems accomplish that same mission. If they can......
  22. Believe or not Lagos makes that look like a veritable wide open freeway.
  23. It contains everything. The language reflects when they first created the big bundle. BF doesn't always get back to all the fine details on the store page Note it says packs, I think you could make a pretty good case with them that even had they not intended it, they did say it. Just to be sure I'll point it out and see if you can't get confirmation from the horse's mouth.. uh sorry Steve no insult intended.... Best value! This Complete Edition Bundle contains it all: the base game and all modules (Commonwealth Forces and Market Garden), packs (Vehicle Pack) and uprgades (2.0 and 3.0) in one package, all updated to the very latest version! If you are new to Combat Mission Battle for Normandy, this is the one-stop-shop package for you, no patches or any other files required!
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