You’re in a meeting and an offer is made.
You will be transported to a desert island for three months. You cannot take any family or friends with you, but you know, we’re not going to be cruel, so you can Skype with them for 30 minutes every night. At the end of the three months, we’ll give you ten million dollars (after taxes, how ya like us now, Uncle Sam?). You have to stay on the island for three months AND you have to survive in order to get the money.
There will be four other people on the island. Those people are unknown, but you can choose their professions. For example, if you want a doctor on the island, we’ll put one there for you. You cannot specify a person, because we’d all want Bear Grylls there.
You can bring three items onto the island with you. The three items you choose will be three items each of the other four people get. So if you ask for an iPod, everyone gets an iPod.
NO, THERE IS NOT INTERNET ON THE ISLAND, what do you think this is? (Edited to add: there’s enough internet on the island to fire up Skype up at night, but not to fuel a Candy Crush habit.)
You have one month to prepare yourself, and you can do whatever you’d like within that one month.
You may increase the number of items you bring, but each item will cost you one million dollars, taken from your reward money. If you choose to bring eight items, you’ll be rewarded with five million dollars at the end of the three months.
About the island: the weather is hot, there is wildlife and foliage, but some of the wildlife may eat you and some of the foliage may poison you. You don’t want to end up like that girl in the Hunger Games. Rest assured that the four other people are your allies.
Decisions to make:
1) What will you do between now and one month from now to prepare yourself for island living?
2) What items will you bring?
3) Which professions/skills do you want the four others to have?
PS. This, like this, makes a good dinner party game if someone offers to show you the 500 photos of their family vacation.
Edited to add: My responses are in the comments.