So, I need to start a very serious discussion.
Clearly our latest attempt of growing/sustaining the league has not worked. In fact, it looks like our switch to rFactor 2 may have backfired, as I have heard from several long tme members that they have not been able to come to terms with the sim, and have therefore moved on. Clearly, that was NOT our intent.
This is forcing me to look at what our options are to not only get those drivers back with us again, but also to add to, and retain our current membership. As much as I hate the idea of the cost involved in moving to yet another platfrom, I think it needs to be considered. There are a number of options available to us. Some more expensive, some less expensive. Some more likely to help us grow, some less likely.
The one most likely to help us grow, is also the most expensive option (no surprise there). The initial cost would be significant for some of us. That option is obvioulsy iRacing.com. The cost breakdown (in CAD, not counting basic membership) would be as follows:
I would be requiring a "nonrefundable registration fee" for each driver signing up to help cover the costs of creating the league and hosting the events. That fee would be $5.00 or less, and additional proceeds would be used for other league related uses, such as perhaps prizes (depending on amount involved).
iRacing is highly regarded for it's multiplayer stability/performance. It allows us to run multi-class, and even perhaps do true "team driving".
The other option is sticking with what we know. RF2 is a known quantity. Those of us that are still racing are generally quite happy with it. Most of us have invested the money into the sim and DLCs already, so very little in any additional costs is needed. The sim also has the benefit of being stable abnd reliable in online play, with very few, if any, real issues. Most issues that we have had to deal with so far have been user related/lack of experience with the sim.
RF2 will allow us to do run multi-class, and perhaps do true "team driving", if we can get enough members.
Project CARS 2
Going back to PC2 is always an option, although it is probably the lowest ranked option due to the known issues with the online functionality. IT does offer us all of what most of us look for, but has multiplayer issues that drove us away from it in the first place. Never-the-less, it is still a platform available to us.
Assetto Corsa Competizione
ACC is another option for us, but it does have significant limitations. There are limited cars/liveries. There are only 10 tracks.
While it does offer "multi-class", those classes are based on driver rating, rather than type of car.
ACC does also have some technical limitations currently, but is ever evolving and improving.
AMS2 is another option that will be available late this year, perhaps not until early next year. Aside from being based on the SMS Madness engine, and the fact that Reiza has a very solid reputation for their sims, there is little that we know about it at the moment.
I am now looking for member input on how the majority of members want us to proceed. Please submit your #1 prefered choice in the attached poll, and leave any constructive feedback in this thread. I know many will be opposed to the iRacing option due to cost, so there is no need to state that. Your vote will already make that clear. I also know that no matter what direction we decide to go in, some members will not be happy and will not be willing to make the transition to that direction.
I want to have an open and respectful discussion among members about this, as clearly something needs to be done.
Im going to go with the absolute obvious answer here and that's iRacing. Even with the fact that I will never get iRacing I still think that is the better choice. Majority of our player base is already on it and the best way to increase participation in our league is to get eyes on it, iRacing has the most eyes by far.
As much as l like to drive rf2 there is just no online participation. The entire player base has its own clique and no one ventures out. To put it into numbers, the thread I started on s397 forum has close to 200 views and not a single person has come from that, unfortunate but that's what it is.
And for ACC online is already dying off. The initial boost from the full release is gone.