FIGJAM, you are amazing. So nice to meet you in person this year
As for tips for you new guys, I just got back from my first year. For months beforehand, I read every scrap of info I could get and spent a good chunk of each day preparing both my supplies and my brain. As it turns out, you can be over-prepared. I feel like I missed some of the wonder and amazement that a first-time burner generally experiences because I had worked so hard on getting an accurate mental image/understanding of the burn beforehand. Burning man was exactly what I expected it would be... and while that wasn't a disappointment exactly, it certainly didn't bowl me over like I thought it might. Bottom line
: learn enough to survive, but don't obsess over knowing everything. I know it's tough with so much time left to plan, but if you're anything like me, leaving some surprises to be uncovered out there is worth it.