Just to clarify one point, the quest drops that happen in the dungeons/raids/BG’s happen all the time, even if the faire isn’t in town. Think of it sort of like the Darkmoon Card redemptions. You’re out playing all month, while you’re doing stuff you’re getting chances at the items, then when the faire is in town you turn it all in. (It’s also worth pointing out that the turn-in items aren’t soulbound, so just like the cards I’d expect some people to farm them just to put them up on the AH.)
It’s really just this first week and appearance of the faire that’s off because the Darkmoon Adventurer's Guide wasn’t available for the 3 weeks prior. When it rolls around next month there should be better feel for how the whole system and ticket acquisition rate feels.
Well that may make things a "bit easier", I will admit.
However, I am still disappointed that the following system was not implemented:
"Dark Moon Fair Ticket Limit 145:
Quests and Turn Ins yield TOKENS.
You can turn Tokens in for Tickets.
You can do as many quests/turn ins as you want, but tokens remain in your bags and have a limit of 200.
You can turn in up to 145 Tokens for each month to get 145 tickets."
This would've actually been friendlier to people who can't farm raids, who can't farm dungeons, and who only want to do dailies.
And Bashiok, you are a nice person, you have been nice in this thread, but I do have to tell you flat out: It was promised to us from on high that Darkmoon Faire would be for those who appreciate the side game - i.e. people who don't want to sit there and farm scarlet monastery/stockades for 4 hours a day until they get their drop and would prefer to do dailies instead.
HAD you used the system I quoted above (which has been suggested by many people) the older darkmoon tickets could've been utilized for more than 1 silver each (or whatever their vendor value is now). That would've been a nice little present for them too.
I'm also going to be surprised if the average player can get 145 per month. I honestly don't think that's going to happen.