SPOILER WARNING: I try not to reveal specifics of Hob’s Barrow in this piece, but to get at what’s special about this game, I’ve had to talk about certain elements of the design that you might not want to know going in.

My favourite moment in The Excavation of Hob’s Barrow came about three hours after I’d finished it. But we’ll get to that in a bit.

From the off, it’s hard not to root for Thomasina Bateman. In an age of steam trains and parasols, she has come to a small village in the north of England to dig up an ancient burial site, regardless of all the obstacles the local patriarchy – and the soggy English weather – can place in her way.

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