Thank you for organizing this event, Captain Semper!!!
While the total number of participants might be lower than before, the activity of those participants was particularly motivating - fewer "inactive" members, more re-vowing and one-upping oneself than usual. Preparation events also helped build up the hype. So yes, it felt a lot more interactive and engaging than in the previous years, and the result with AoD in the lead was particulary unexpected.
As a personal side note, I did get quite a lot done - 2 months (RL took its part) of ETL racking up as many painted models as I usually do in 6. Which is great news, considering Armies on Parade now has its army, and just needs its board too. For next year, I'll prepare more points than this time (I had to build more during ETL), and maybe aim for larger models instead of higher model count.