Read the Planarch Codex last night. It’s probably old news to everyone but me, but Jonathan Walton deserves serious congratulations for it. Every one of those tiny pages is a blasting cap for the imagination.
The first idea I derived from it: treat the home Steading as a Monsterhearts homeroom and populate it in the first session.
“Why does the guy in this house keep to himself?”
“Why did this shop burn down recently?”
“What’s he building in there?”