If you're like the majority of the people in the AOD Racing division, you probably joined AOD because you saw a group of people having fun, coordinating, and displaying honor and sportsmanship in a public lobby. We are a refuge for drivers who look for clean racing, and that has been THE biggest recruiting tool.
In this thread I will be listing out some effective ways to get the conversation going with the general public in iRacing. It takes a slightly different approach but using the steps below should help.
*note - some steps you will need an officer's help HOWEVER all of our members are encouraged to refer new members!
*** IT IS AGAINST THE iRACING RULES TO ADVERTISE IN OFFICIAL LOBBIES ***
Do NOT, for the safety of your account, and for our reputation as a clan. Mentioning it if someone asks you a question about AOD in a public session chat is fine, but no unwarranted soliciting please!
However, when we rent a hosted session, it is ours to use how we see fit. The above rule is only for official sessions that iRacing hosts themselves.
iRacing provides THREE ways to privately contact members.
FIRST METHOD: Whisper/in-game PM When you are in a server with them you can type /#XX ( replace XX with their assigned car number ) OR open the Entries tab, find and right click their name. Choose PM and it will write out the /#XX for you to start the message. You have limited characters here, do not start it off with a paragraph about AOD. It's more effective to approach it casually.
Here's an example conversation:
SECOND METHOD: iRacing ForumsYou: Hello, that was a great race!
Them: Thanks you too
You: Are you currently looking for a team to run with?
Them: Not sure, what kind of team?
You: We're involved in official racing in ______ (list out the series' that are relevant to them - Blancpain / Endurance events / Some oval racing)
You: Here's the teamspeak info, jump on and I'll tell you more!
In addition to recruiting threads, we have the ability to find and message ANY driver on the service via the iRacing forums. Even if you manage to contact someone in-game about joining, send a PM to them as well for viewing later. If you can't speak directly to the prospective recruit in the session first, use messaging them on the forums as your next best approach.
THIRD METHOD: Friend RequestHello,
I would like to invite you to join my team: AOD Racing. AOD ( Angels of Death ) is a multi-game honor clan that has deep roots in sim racing. With a history dating back 15+ years, we have a wealth of experienced sim racers at our core. We accept drivers of all skill levels, not just pros. We reward based on attitude first, so providing a drama-free environment where you're free to play in peace is our top priority. More gaming, less drama.
Whether you enjoy official racing for points championships, or casual hosted racing, there's something for everyone at AOD.
AOD provides a 350 man Teamspeak, and you must have a microphone to join.
Application to join: http://www.clanaod.net/forums/misc.php?do=form&fid=46
Social Media: http://www.twitter.com/AOD_WeDGE - http://www.twitter.com/officialclanaod
Thank you, and we'll see you on the track!
I've learned people will frequent the races that you run, especially hosted races, when you simply add them as a friend. Through the MyRacers / Friends List on the iRacing website you can view the sessions that someone is currently racing in. Often times someone will join up to a friend's session that way, and is a great way to get repeat visitors to our public hosted races.