Last week I GMed Dogs in the Vineyard with my brother, my wife and a friend. I was pretty stoked because my bro and I had been wanting to play it together for awhile, and finally the stars aligned!
Matt (my brother) made Bro. Clarence, a shy, studious Dog, self-educated and unassumingly capable. My wife Annie made Sis. Abigail, a pert know-it-all from a rich, sheltered life. And Willem made Jackson Dollar, a guitar-slinging Holy Man with the Light of Life in his music.
The town I designed was Dustriver Gulch Branch. I had asked Willem earlier to give me a one-word prompt for the town, and he said "Silver." So the deal was: The patriarch of Dustriver's most well-off family digs up a strongbox of decommissioned Territorial Army silver on his land. the town's got it's share of problems from crop blight to Mountain folk attacks, and plenty of folks see how the coin could be traded (even with Mtn. Folk; they've got some folk belief about Pure Silver) to solve their woes. But Old Brother Hiram sits on the treasure, insisting that it's his and refusing to be bullied into sharing.
Things get ugly when Brother Azariah, disgusted with the Steward's inaction and desperate to trade for Back East medicine for his daughter's degenerative disease, goes to Hiram's stead to persuade him at gunpoint and accidentally shoots Hiram's adult son. Now Hiram's riding on a tide of victimized self-righteousness, folk are about to starve from the crop blight, and Mountain Folk attacks have worsened. The Steward's helplessly wringing his hands as Azariah stews in guilt and rage, and Hiram broker's a deal with traveling merchant's to get the town their needs on HIS terms.
(Waiting in the wings were agitated Mountain People and a troop of Territorial Soldiers with claim to the treasure. Didn't get to 'em; that would've been more of a multi-session Town kinda thing.)
So the Dogs ride in and Hiram and his wives make sure to meet them first and invite them to dinner to "discuss the urgent trouble in town" (bringing meting revengejustice on Azariah and getting the townfolk off his back). He alludes ominously to his son's funeral. Steward Malachi welcomes them next, and they go to his house to hear from him first what's up. He tells 'em, well, there's all this stuf everyone needs and they're mad at Hiram for being stingy, but the REAL problem is that Brother Azariah doesn't respect my authority, andbythewayheshotandkilledHiram'sson. Clarence is like, hold up there, why didn't you say that first? and goes to hear Azariah's place to hear his side. Jackson and Abigail go to participate in placing the first spade of earth on Hiram's son's grave.
Azariah's all cagey and when Clarence approaches is like, "hold it right there! Did that no-account Steward send you?" Clarence's all "He better let me in, I'm a Dog!" and Matt declares a conflict to humble him. It gets as far as Physical (Azariah barring the door and bracing against it), but he's not quite willing to go to gunplay to keep the Dog out, and Matt runs me out of dice. He lets Brother Clarence in, introduces his awfully sick daughter and tells him his tale of desperation and woe. Brother Azariah gets the temporary trait "I bow to the Dogs' Authority 1D4."
After the funeral they all meet up to go to dinner at Hiram's. He comes on strong about his son, and the Dogs respond that they're here for the Town's interests, not his. There's a big verbal conflict, which the old man tries to escalate to Fighting at the last minute (when Jackson Dollar played his guitar in a blaze of Holy Light to "cast out the demons", but even with his two pretty young wives as Improvised Things he's no match for the united Dogs and has to Give. His main point--that only he has the financial savvy to properly manage the wealth for the town--goes down in flames when Abigail declares that she, coming from money herself, can arrange things just fine. So Brother Hiram is made to give up the Silver to be managed by Abigail for the town's needs--but Clarence declares that Brother Azariah must work a spell for Hiram as an indentured servant to pay the "Blood Debt" of his son!
[Edited for Character names]