I've been actively working toward the event goal on our server by gathering mats. At first, I did the mining and foraging goals on my main, but it was insanely slow-paced. So I hopped on my butchering alt, and headed down to Todrin Farm in Freemarch, and I had two turn-ins withing 20 mins. But no matter where I go with foraging or mining, it will always be slow, due to the travel time between lodes and herbs and logs, and the amount of time it takes to procure them, unless I go to EI and get lucky and get multiples on Twilight Blooms. With butchering, I can hop between mobs in a single location, kill them in one hit, and have my hides in no time, since the cast time for skinning is so much shorter. I think all mining nodes and herbs and logs should drop 3-5 of their event mats to make the effort more equivocal. It would also help out with those of us on lower population servers who have almost no chance of getting this done in time.