Forgive me if this has been brought up already because I did not read all 12 pages of this thread.
I feel that there needs to be some sort of probability adjustment applied to certain quests. I have gotten the scout/research/15 vapor quest four times in the last few hours. This is incredibly taxing and could easily cause the average player to fall incredibly short of their goals for the event. There have always been some quests that are harder than others, but because you could plan ahead it was manageable and Inno seemed to understand that they should not place these difficult quests several in a row or with too much frequency. The last event we couldn't plan so much but there were more workshop and manufactory quests that we could prepare for with a lot of level 1 buildings. Now with the combination of random quests and less production quests, it leaves the chances of getting those very difficult quests too high. My sister said she is having the same problem in her cities. Maybe we are both just unlucky? Or maybe there really is some adjustment that needs to happen to make this event enjoyable and playable.
I've gotten "scout 1 province or research 1 technology or gain 15 vision vapor" FIVE TIMES just today. With 1 other quest in between each. Grrrrrr... I'm out of time instants and research.
I'm with you both on this! I've actually never complained about any part of an event since I began playing. Honestly, I've never posted a negative comment about anything until now. I usually just do my best, and move on. Well, I'm complaining now. I got the scout/research/15 vision vapor quest for the 3rd time in 4 quests just now. I don't like the endless random quests. And I really don't like this one. 3 times in 4 quests is ridiculous. Scouting takes a long time. Research takes a long time. Spending CCs to get 15 VVs is costly and also you are at the whim of what is available to craft. I'm disheartened. Much as I like the bears, I think I'm done with these events until Inno makes them fun again.