Welcome to ePlaya
The eplaya can be a wonderful resource of tips and ideas. It can also be a hateful bucket of malice an hate.
The best way of getting pages of snark is to ask some questions that a couple thousand others have asked. I suggest googling "eplaya tents", "eplaya shade structure" or "eplaya boots", you get the idea...
Of course, you have already check out the First Timer's Guide: http://www.burningman.com/first_timers/
and the Survival guide: http://www.burningman.com/preparation/event_survival/
The desert is a harsh mistress, in fact I am sure she is trying to kill us
Properly prepared, you will do fine.