On the FFF Dark Lord Day site, they have commented that they are going to take the 'successful ideas from XV' to better DLD 2012. From what I have heard (I did not go to XV, instead opting to go to FoBAB in November), nothing about XV was run well, and it was an unpleasant experience to those I have talked to who chose XV over FoBAB. So my questions are these - 1) What 'good' ideas could come out of XV that would better DLD 2012? and 2) Why are they eliminating coolers and chairs for DLD 2012? Dark Lord Day has long been a great place to trade and share rare and good beer with local beer geeks, make some new friends and acquaintances, etc. While the suggestions from the comments on the DLD site for people to bring small coolers are a step in the right direction, due to the lack of other amenities available at the event in the past, the goal of both trading and have a few beers to share (as well as eat food) while at the event makes this very difficult to achieve without a larger size cooler, no? It can be argued that the only thing properly organized and well-planned in the recent past was the allocation and distribution of Dark Lord. Outside that, the layout has been simply atrocious when it comes to food, outside beer vendors, etc. Not only were the lines winding throughout the parking lot the equivalent of maybe a quarter mile long, all the outside beer was located in one place and one place only, generating one huge traffic jam as lines merged and people could hardly move. If the point is to get people to come in, get the beer, and leave, then FFF should be congratulated because that will likely happen faster with people a) not being able to sit down and b) their being tired of waiting in huge lines for beer, food, or to get inside the pub. I haven't seen any response by FFF to the questions people have been asking about the rule changes - any insight on this would be very welcome!