Well I guess it’s time to come clean. I know, I know I should have come clean sooner.
I’ve been busy.
It’s not my fault.
See, the truth is I’m a powerful wizard* that’s discovered a way to send 25 people (and all they can carry) back in time. I wish it was 26, I wish they could bring more back with them, but the limits are the limits and that’s what I can do.
Also, it can only be other dopers**.
It can only be one of you with 24 of your fellow dopers.
And all you can carry is just that, all you can carry. It’s not what you can drag, push or pull sadly; it’s just what you can carry. Experiments with two people manhandling the same items, be it one item or a platform designed to carry many items, have failed. It’s only what you can carry, individually.
If it’s a backpack filled with gear its good, if it’s a shopping cart filled with gear it won’t make it past the portal. If two or four or 20 design a litter to carry more, it won’t make the trip.
Where are we going and when are we going you’re asking? You’re going back to the year 3,000 BC and you’re going to the island of Nantucket because I hate that dick S. M. Stirling (thanks Johanna, I really liked those books, can you tell?) and he’s doing the same thing with a group of 25 people of his own, only they’re going to the big island on Hawaii.
Also Stirling, because him and I are vicious rivals, is creating a team that’s dead set on wiping you all out.
Told you he was a dick.
He and I were able to agree to some terms for this little contest though. First the islands (he chose the big island of Kauai) will be uninhabited when you arrive, no other people will live there.
The area you arrive in will be 600 meters by 600 meters of cleared ground, free of trees and shrubs, grassland if you will. The surrounding area is natural to the time and place.
Stirling added this, and at first I thought, what an idiot! But then thought it might add to the fun. At the six and 12th month marks, supporters of each message board get to send back in time, to support their team, a tractor trailer’s worth of goods. One each time, two total. Anything that can fit into a semi’s trailer can go back.
Okay what fun, but who would you pick and what would you bring? What would be the follow on shipments? I know there are holes in my ‘plan’ and you’ll all point them out but really what would you bring and who would you bring. Most importantly, WHY that person and why that item?
- As a super Ninja wizard (yeah I’m also a ninja) sadly I cannot participate in this thread as to who and what I would bring, only read your suggestions, clarify if I can and well magic.
** dopers defined as established posters, people that are known I guess, a one post person that posted circa 1990 on AOL doesn’t count. Pick someone known today or easily referenced.