Desert Bus for Hope 2017

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Desert Bus for Hope 2017 started at 10 AM Pacific Standard Time on the 17th of November 2017, in the Moonbase Mk V. It ended about a quarter past midnight on the 24th of November, having raised $650,250.00. Date: November 17, 2017 I

Drivers

All driving shifts (except the last one) were 12 hours long. Times below are in 24-hour time format, set to Pacific Standard Time (aka Moonbase Standard time).

Driver Shift Start (PST) Total Money Raised During Shift Avg. Donations Per Minute Points Earned Bus Crashes Bus Stops Driver Name Intro
Pre-Desert Bus $10,008.33 raised beforehand
Graham November 17 @ 10:00 $63,212.18 raised during shift $87.79 per minute 1 point 0 crashes 6 stops Bill [1] [2]
Ian November 17 @ 22:00 $17,313.35 raised during shift $24.05 per minute 0 points 3 crashes 7 stops Bill, Hubris, Dio [3]
Matt and Kate Watt November 18 @ 10:00 $35,840.96 raised during shift $49.78 per minute 0 points 1 crash 1 stop Rob, Bilbo
Andrew November 18 @ 22:00 $27,095.05 raised during shift $37.63 per minute 0 points 3 crashes 0 stops Kanye, TSwift, Stepto [4]
Liz (and LeeLee) November 19 @ 10:00 $53,060.60 raised during shift $73.70 per minute 0 points 6 crashes 2 stops Stepto, Kawww, Germsy, BusKing, Jocko, Batmanaa [5]
Beej November 19 @ 22:00 $25,610.77 raised during shift $35.57 per minute 1 point 0 crashes 4 stops Human [6]
Alex November 20 @ 10:00 $62,263.18 raised during shift $86.48 per minute 1 point 1 crash 2 stops Human, Eva OI [7]
Cameron November 20 @ 22:00 $32,911.63 raised during shift $45.71 per minute 2 points 0 crashes 4 stops Eva OI
Ashton and Johnny November 21 @ 10:00 $33,066.76 raised during shift $45.93 per minute 1 point 2 crashes 3 stops Eva OI, Taakoa, Bearfrce
Andy November 21 @ 22:00 $20,755.30 raised during shift $28.83 per minute 0 points 1 crash 0 stops Bearfrce, Teatime [8]
Kathleen November 22 @ 10:00 $51,769.40 raised during shift $71.90 per minute 2 points 0 crashes 0 stops Teatime [9]
James and Ashley November 22 @ 22:00 $27,502.61 raised during shift $38.20 per minute 1 point 0 crashes 0 stops Teatime [10]
Paul November 23 @ 10:00 $173,877.35 raised during shift $241.50 per minute 2 points 0 crashes 2 stops Teatime [11]
Graham! (2 hours) November 23 @ 22:00 $9,550.81 raised during shift $79.59 per minute 0 points X crashes 1 stop Teatime [12]
Totals (WHILE BUSSING) 158 Hours $633,829.95 raised $66.86 per minute 11 points (High: 5) 17 crashes 32 stops Bill, Hubris, Dio, Rob, Bilbo, Kanye, TSwift, Stepto, Kawww, Germsy, BusKing, Jocko, Batmanaa, Human, Eva OI, Taakoa, Bearfrce, Teatime
Post-Desert Bus $6,411.72 raised afterward [13]

The Desert Bus for Hope 2017 Team

Organisers

Volunteers

Guests

Call-ins

Scheduled Calls
Guest / Website Best Known for Call-in time (all times 24hr PST) Video
Phil Plait The Bad Astronomer November 18 @ 10:00 (Saturday) [14]
Gary Whitta Screenwriter, Author, Game Designer, and Journalist November 18 @ 16:00 (Saturday) [15]
Jenn & Trin of Cards Against Humanity and Friendshipping November 19 @ 10:00 (Sunday) [16]
Aaron Forsythe Director of R&D for Magic: The Gathering November 19 @ 16:00 (Sunday) [17]
Paul & Storm Musicians November 20 @ 13:00 (Monday) [18]
The McElroys Podcasters November 21 @ 10:00 (Tuesday) [19]
The Doubleclicks Musicians, Songwriters November 21 @ 17:00 (Tuesday) [20]
Mikey Neumann Writer, Voice Actor, Content Producer November 21 @ 19:00 (Tuesday) [21]
Carla Oliver Director of Child Life November 22 @ 11:00 (Wednesday) [22]
Molly Lewis & Ben Soileau Ukuleles & Suits November 22 @ 17:00 (Wednesday) [23]
Jerry Holkins Writer November 23 @ 14:00 (Thursday) [24]
Jer & Tally Previous Desert Bussers November 23 @ 17:30 (Thursday) [25]
Unscheduled Calls
Guest / Website Best Known for Call-in time (all times 24hr PST) Video
"Desert" Kris Straub November 21 @ 14:30 (Tuesday) [26]
Penn Jillette November 22 @ 12:00 (Wednesday) [27]

Visitors

Guest / Website Best Known for Visit time (all times 24hr PST) Video
James Portnow November 19 @ 0:00 (Sunday) [28]
Ken "Value Added" Steacy Comic Book Writer/Artist November 20 @ 19:00 (Monday) [29] [30]
Erick Blandin Child's Play Community Project Manager November 21 @ 22:00 (Tuesday)

Milestones

  • At 5:09pm PST on Sunday 19 November (55:09 into the run), $4 million lifetime total was reached.

Notable Memes and Happenings

Desert Bus for Hope 2017 Poster (by Mike Lunsford)
  • For the first time, a JVC X'Eye system was used to play instead of a Sega CD system, allowing for higher-resolution upscaled video output.
  • The new high-resolution gaming setup made night-time bus stops possible for the first time.
  • This year's model of The Button was wireless for the first time.
  • Multiple attempts were made in the first couple days to top James's Bop-It score of 79.
  • Andrew set a new high bar for entrances, with an SNL opening sequence leading into his being escorted in by marching band Bučan Bučan.
  • Cori had a playlist of Chicken EDM songs, which alternated with Andrew's random dance party songs at times during Andrew's shift (and sometimes beyond).
  • Several of the crashes on Days 2–3 were due to technical issues, not driver failure. Eventually, The Device was disconnected.
  • The third Bus King pageant was won by Alex.
  • The portal to Gangnam Hell was opened just as Beej was starting his driver shift. Things have never been the same since.
  • Beej set the record for the longest driver intro. As it was never really declared closed, we could still be effectively living in Beej's driver intro.
  • We had a record number of bus stops this year.
  • The "drumroll" sound effect for announcing the winners of giveaways was changed several times during the run, mainly during Zeta Shift. These included chicken sounds, an extended Beej drop, and Alex's "poops2day" song.
  • There were less than half the previous number of auctions and giveaways, to provide more breathing room for the crew. The resulting vibe was variously described as "chill" and "Desert Bus for Sanity."
  • There were so many dabs.
  • There was a lot of airhorn. During Zeta Shift on Day 4, Andy recorded a new airhorn sound on his harmonica, which was played several times during his driving shift.
  • Team Order attempted to have the donation total reach exact numbers such as $444,444, $450,000, or $456,789. Team Chaos tried to prevent this.
  • After 444,444 failed to be achieved, Fugi recoded the overlay such that it would display in the Wingdings font whenever a donation total that was a multiple of $5,000 was displayed.
  • Kathleen, representing Team Chaos, and Serge, representing Team Order, reached an accord: if the donation total hit exactly $500,000, Serge would scatter glitter all over the room, and Kathleen would vacuum it up. A well-timed $4265.26 donation from Kiyote brought the total to a perfectly balanced $500,005. Kiyote was given the final vote, and opted to proceed with the glittering.
  • It was discovered shortly after the run that the bug splat comes five hours into a run even if you've crashed and are being towed. [31]

Craft-Along Participants

Go to the Desert Bus crafters page for more information about all items!

  • Aasta Ur — Alice in Wonderland baby blanket
  • Anisarian's Shade — Desert Bus Shift T-shirt set
  • Ben F Noviello — Wooden NES Dice Tray
  • Blaine (aka BrainStew) — Heartless Shadow BackPack
  • Blue Lotus Designs — Temple Medallion Scarf Set
  • Carolyn G — Tote for Hope!
  • Cookie Brigade — A Taste of PAX
  • Courtney Stone — Chainmaille Dice Necklace & Earring Set
  • David Ferguson — Desert Bus 10 Rewind
  • David Woehr — Owlbear
  • DialMforMara — Desert Bus Coasters
  • Diana "Kiwijelly" McKenzie — The Great Wave off Macaroni I and II
  • DigitalSeahorse — Leather Groot Finger Puppet
  • Dillatont — Dr. Mario Box Art Cross-Stitch
  • Elizabeth Simon — Night in the Woods Characters
  • Eric Johnson — One Punch Gran
  • Flailsquared — Shift Banner Cat Cube
  • GarylGal — Garyl the Spectral Binicorn
  • Glass Half Full Stained Glass — Stained Glass Hylian Shield
  • Gregory McIntyre — DB20
  • HatsWearCats — Set of Swords from Magic the Gathering
  • Jack Miller — The Great Shadowbox Offensive!
  • Jen P - Xylophobian — Super Mario Bros. Baby
  • Kaitlynn & Lisa Riehl — MtG Inspired Lotus Quilt
  • Krafts by Kruger — Desert Bus in Plastic Canvas
  • Kyle Gratien — Breath of the Wild Soup Bowls
  • Lauren Colbeck — DB Pokeballs
  • Lindsay Peltz — Retro Micro Art Pendants
  • Mallory Richard — Doctor Who Water Colour
  • Maxwell Albritten — Pickle Rick Nesting Dolls
  • Michael Boyd — Set of 2 Handmade Pens #1; Set of 2 Handmade Pens #2
  • Michelle Kuipers — Persona 5 Resin Painting
  • Michelle Willson — Life sized Morgania amigurumi doll
  • Mirrored Line Props
  • Mori-neko — Heere Be Dragone
  • Nathan Yaussy — Classic D&D Monsters
  • Northern Redsmith — Overwatch Pin
  • Octochan — There and Back Again Scarf mk 1.5
  • Orin Drake — Apocalypse McGillicutty - crocheted chocobo
  • Qlipoth the Clockbreaker — Lego Desert Bus
  • Rin & Remy — Shift Banner leather journal
  • Rocky Mountain Cookies — 2 Dozen Custom Cookies
  • Sam "GenericEvilGenius" Lewis
  • Sarah Louttit — Portal Test Chamber Blanket
  • Sarah Overall — Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild Cross Stitch
  • ScarvesByCelia — Reversible Warm Pocket Scarves; Knitted Tardis Hat
  • SchalaKitty — Muchly Signed FFXV Flags and Prints Lot
  • Scott, Just Scott — Big Bag O' Dice
  • ShinyCrochet — Large AT-AT Walker Plushy
  • Stephanie and PJ Martin — Hidden Crashmaster (A Secret Hitler Reskin)
  • Tally Heilke — Perilous Myr Plush
  • Tania Richter — Epic Fox Hat
  • Thomas Coe (wightfyre) — D20 Dice Box
  • Tichtac — Speak Friend and Enter
  • Tom Walters — Full Art Commanders
  • chimingfish — Stained Glass Metroid
  • halfaringcircus — Tiny Temporal Traveler
  • justwhatever_idk — Desert Bus-Earthbound Crossover Prints
  • kingcael — Prince of Lucis
  • r10pez10 — Fire Keeper Visor

Sponsors

Organizing Partners

Prize Sponsors

Official Desert Bus Artist

Event Sponsors

Food Sponsors

Technical Sponsors

Related pages and multimedia

General links and event logs

Videos

Gifs and Photos

Poster

Apps

Buy official merchandise!

Media coverage

Sort of related sites

  • Desert Bus de l'Espoir (French marathon, inspired by DBfH but not affiliated with it; ran Nov. 10-12, raised €49,000.)
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