A roleplaying game of religious totalitarianism in the wild west; the players portray "God's Watchdogs", the gun-toting, moralizing, law-enforcing arm of the church in pre-statehood Utah, the Deseret Territory, in the early 19th century.
Dogs in the Vineyard is about God's Watchdogs, young men and women called to preserve the Faithful in a hostile frontier territory. The setting is a fantasy inspired by pre-statehood Utah, the Deseret Territory, toward the middle of the 19th Century. The Watchdogs travel from town to isolated town, carrying mail, news, and doctrine, healing the sick, supporting the weary, and pronouncing judgment upon the wicked. Each town welcomes them with celebration and honor, but what they're there to do is stir up its dirt and lay bare its sins.