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Wrapper games

"Wrapper games" are simply either games or scenarios that wrap an otherwise unacceptable game concept inside one that is either more acceptable, more enjoyable or more conventional.

For me the canonical example is playing a game of Dungeons and Dragons and attacking the party with a high-level vampire to make all the PCs vampire spawn. This would be instead of playing Vampire.

The fantasy wrapper makes the proposal of exploring the psychological effects of vampirism more acceptable to some groups. This can be because the fantasy context creates more distance than a modern day setting or for political reasons, for example where the player find the White Wolf games pretentious.

A wrapper game is a deliberate act of subterfuge on behalf of a GM rather than being a twist on expectations.