I haven't seen other people talking about this much, so I thought I'd take a minute to share my pain. I've been trying to complete Brewfest on two of my toons. Kaliope needs it for her final event to unlock the Violet Drake. I'm also trying to complete it on a second toon so I can get all my girls through the holiday achievements in two years. I know, I probably deserve what I get with this plan.
I'm starting to get frustrated because it requires SOOOOO many tickets to finish the Brewfest achievements. We get 14 days to collect tickets, with 3 quests available each day. The Barfight quest rewards 10 tickets... the Barking quest rewards 15 tickets... and the Barrel Throwing quest... varies. I'd say the average player can probably get 20-30 tickets per day with barrel throwing, so I'm gonna call it 25. I know some folks have been able to get as many as 80+ tickets on one barrel run, but that would probably take zero mistakes, zero lag and lightning reflexes to achieve. The way I see it, you can reasonably expect to collect about 50 tickets each day from daily quests.
In order to complete all of the achievements from scratch you need 552 tickets. If you also want to pick up the new pet or the pony keg, you'll need another 100 tickets. Personally, I'm trying to get the elekk pet on ALL of my toons (yes, I admit to insanity). Now we're talking about 652 tickets to get just one of the two vanity items, 752 if you want both. But with 14 days of the event and 50(ish) tickets per day, the most you can reasonably hope to get is 700 tickets.
I know, I hear you saying that there are non-daily quests that award tickets - that's true. If you do all three of the regular quests, including killing Coren Direbrew, you can get another 60 tickets. But lowbies cannot kill Direbrew, so the most they can collect is 20 extra tickets. Either way, the most this would possibly save you is about one day of dailies.
The bottom line is this, if you want to collect enough tickets to complete the Brewmaster achievement, you have to do dailies for 11 of the 14 days. In other words, you can only miss three days the whole two weeks. If you want to finish the achievement AND get one vanity item, you can only miss 1 day of dailies the whole two weeks. If you do all of the non-daily quests, that buys you an extra day of breathing room. BUT, if you want to get both vanity items in addition to the achievements, you're probably screwed unless you do dailies every day AND every non-daily quest. All of this assumes you have no tickets or items from last year to ease your pain.
After watching my ticket stash inch up slowly, I crunched these numbers and realized just how much work it was going to take to get all my tickets. I know Blizzard has said they want to make these achievements challenging, and I totally agree with that idea. However, I'm not sure forcing people to log almost every day for two weeks is appropriate. There's hard and then there's just unreasonable. I'm not saying these quests take all day, you can probably knock them out in 15 minutes if you get lucky on the Barfight timer.
On the other hand, if I got the flu and I was out of commission for a week, I'd be unable to get caught up. Even if I had a full week left to devote to Brewfest! This doesn't seem considerate to me, we don't want players to get obsessed with games but then we build in stuff like this. Surely it wouldn't have been too "casual-friendly" to build in one more daily quest to give players a bit more breathing room. I'm fine with the idea that Brewfest can be hard and require a lot of time. But I don't really agree with bottlenecking the ticket collection so we have no choice but to log in practically every day to get dailies done. I'd almost prefer the Summer Festival gig, where I could visit bonfires and spend 3 hours collecting blossoms or just 30 minutes. It's the same amount of work either way, but then the player has more control over the time allocation.
Don't get me wrong, I'm not really fussing because I can't handle it and I'm going to miss out. I'm on track with both of my toons, despite my raiding/blogging/webadmin/mommy schedule. I can generally get my Brewfest dailies done in 30-60 minutes depending on how many toons I try to push through each day. I'm just wondering how well this is working for other players, because I can see that this would be a challenge for folks who can't log in every day. Is anyone else having problems, especially if you're one of the peeps who can't be online every day?