An interesting looking occult themed OSR roleplaying corebook has arrived from Dying Stylishly Games.and Soul Muppet Publishing. Esoteric Enterprises mixes and mashes urban fantasy and underworld dirty dealings to create darkly modern adventures, which can take place on either side of the law. The full color 247 page hardcover is available for $60.00 or you can score the PDF right now for $12.00 at DriveThruRPG.
From Dying Stylishly:
Picture the adventuring party of most old-school games. A band of thugs, occultists, criminals, weirdos and outcasts who, rather than settle into normal society, risk everything exploring the dark, dangerous places of the world. Perhaps they will become rich and powerful, perhaps they die unceremoniously.
Keep this same adventuring party, and picture their equivalent in the modern day. A world with police, the internet, chain stores… The same band of thugs, occultists, criminals, weirdos and outcasts drift into the underworlds of organised crime and the esoteric.
This, then, is the premise of Esoteric Enterprises: the occult exists in a dangerous black market, where organised criminals traffic in magical grimoires and relics alongside narcotics and weapons. Hidden from the public eye, various gangs, cults and covens struggle for influence and resources in the dark tunnels beneath every city. And beneath that, stranger things lurk; inhuman creatures turn their cold gaze on the mortals who intrude on their subterranean realm.
Welcome to the Occult Underworld.
This book details all the rules you’ll need to play games as an occult or criminal gang in the undercity. They’re based on the standard framework seen in most old-school games, adapted to work in a modern-day urban fantasy setting.