Others say things like "a barrel of penicillin" but, don't forget, you don't have any friends or a place to live.
If you showed up to a town with a huge barrel filled with a mysterious substance, it would be like a ball-and-chain for you, making it difficult to move around to find food and shelter.
Each team has to use the attributes its members won in the auction to argue why they would be the most successful in that particular scenario.
The game leads to lots of discussion about values, and becomes pretty spirited (and hilarious) as you argue why your team's attributes would make you the most successful in each scenario.
When we've found the person willing to pay the highest price for the item, that person wins it. Everyone in the room spends about 15 minutes looking through the values and choosing the ten that define them best.
This one is far more impactful than you would imagine. From there, they need to put those 10 values in order of importance.
In truth, this is a super hard question because it's partly about surviving in a foreign place with nothing but the clothes on your back, and it's partly about integrating a modern person into a savage, superstitious, and disease-ridden time in history.
Since everyone has the same amount of currency, how much you bid on each attribute quickly teaches you what you value most.
For this activity, you'll want to print out copies of the list of values and hand them out to everyone in the group, along with pens or the easiest game to play on this list, and it has the unique distinction of being able to teach you things about anyone, even people you've known for years.
When I play this game with my wife—which we do all the time—I always hear myself say, "I never knew that about you! The way it works is that someone picks a word at random.
We did this activity last New Year's Eve, and it was a big hit.
One little "extra" we added was asking everyone to shout out guesses at each person's core values before they read them out loud.