I'm quite impressed with the newbies this year - they mostly seem to have either come from a roleplay background, or had a good idea of what LARP was about before they came. They also mostly either read the boards beforehand, or spoke to someone who advised them to come in monster kit.
There's loads of them! Felt like around fifteen. I guess they might not all stay, but still, it feels like a nice way to start the year. Some of them even did a bit of monstering, and did a pretty good job of it, too (drunken soldiers for the win). We only seem to have one guy who's decided "I'm going to play a really dodgy bastard" which is nice, too.
I'm thinking of getting a "story blog" kind of affair going on aberddu.co.uk, as a place for players to write stories about last night/the last plot arc they were involved in/anything that amused them at larp. It wouldn't be IC, as such, but would be written from whatever perspective each player decides, as a way of permanently preserving the inevitable stories that arise from each session. I'd welcome opinions and feedback on that.