"We’ve identified a number of issues with the Darkmoon Faire this month, and they should be resolved for the February faire. Specifically, we found problems with:So be sure to submit a ticket if you're experiencing bugs with the two artifacts mentioned above. NOTE: If the tickets awarded for the two bugged artifacts are actual items and not currency, we can't use them to buy anything from the DMF. If this happens to you, just speak with the GM again and hopefully it will be sorted out.
• Attempting to turn in the Adventurer's Journal and Captured Insignia which are associated with these quests “The Captured Journal” and “The Enemy's Insignia”. If you are having difficulty turning in these items, please contact our customer service department at http://us.battle.net/support/en/ and they will be able to provide you with 5 Darkmoon Prize Tickets per item."
- source (January 6)
Also, we finally have confirmation that artifacts will ONLY drop in level-appropriate dungeons now:
1. This was a bug that is being hotfixed. A character that is not level-appropriate for a dungeon should not get Monstrous Egg, Mysterious Grimoire, Imbued Crystal, or Ornate Weapon drops. This is irrespective of whether or not the character has a Darkmoon Adventurer's Guide in her bags.
- source (January 6)
A blue updated the post addressing the bugged monthlies:
"Update, 04/01So to clarify - If you've encountered ANY bug with the artifacts and/or monthly quests THIS month, you will simply have to wait to do them again NEXT month. If you have NOT encountered any glitches with this month's artifacts/monthlies (perhaps if it's your first time completing them and such), you are fine and should be good to go.
A hotfix was deployed last night in order to solve the issue and the monthly quests should now be available again. However, if your character had already encountered a bug with some of the monthly quests, then you will need to wait until the next Darkmoon Faire starting on February 5 in order to complete those quests and the related achievements.
Once again we apologise for any inconvenience this issue may have caused." - source
I just tested out two of the bugged artifacts, the Captured Insignia and Adventurer's Journal, and both are still giving me the "you've completed that quest" error. I'll continue to try throughout the week in hopes that they'll reset just before the faire ends, but I'm having huge doubts.
On top of the seemingly lowered droprate for the artifacts, the high competition, the sometimes bugged rolls, and the recently implemented level-appropriate requirement, we now also lose a month's worth of SETS of 5-10 tickets.
I understand Blizzard wanting to extend content for as long as possible, but this is a bit ridiculous.
The DMF is shaping out to be... disappointing in its execution to say the least.