I like wfrp 3ed stuff immensely. BUT I do find the scenario's (and to be true, basically all the publications) -to put it mildly -a bit chaotically structured (perhaps intentionally -pun) -therefore painting your copies definitely seems inefficient to me, as it will just add to the maelstrom
For a over year I have been experimenting with different methods of preparing a good wfrp 3ed session (although introduced to wfrp in the 80ies, I had never truely GM'ed, plus I had a 15 yrs rpg break. So one could say I restarted as a noob GM/rpger)
I tried different approaches. Some of them failed miserably. Other's just didn't seem to evoke the magic I was expecting. Recently things seem to improve … a combination of treads on this forum (forgot which ones) gave me a puch in the right direction.
Nowadays as a preperation I make up the following:
- a chronology (all dates relevant for the scenario and campaign setting)
- npc cards (how does the npc look? in 4 max 5 words + tier indication + carreer (helas, not on the fancy Strange Eons cards, as I am totally uncapable working with the program -I just print and cut up a word file as handouts for the players)
- npc description (for GM): including npc card info (reduced up to 3 words) and surmising npc's relevant world views, behaviour in different situations, sometimes skill rolls related to that npc (e.g. pc's meet Asschafenberg, roll D2 folklore/education for what you know on the noble family)
-location description (for GM): 3-4 words of description, related skill rolls (e.g. Grunewald defences: D3 athlectics to cross in min. 3 manoeuvres), names of npc associated with location
-scenario path: a bullet point list describing a logical (expected) series of events/acts crossrefering to npc's and locations
AND all this I extract/puzzle from the publications. Truely a labour intensive approach. But an approach that works for me. An approach that deconstructs the written scenario in individual building stones and leaves the construction for the rpgsession with GM and the player's.