Desert Bus for Hope 2019
The 13th annual Desert Bus for Hope - Desert Bus for Hope 2019 - started on November 8, 2019 at 8 AM Pacific Standard Time and bussed until November 15 at 2 AM (162 hours), raising over $865,000.
The venue was the Lunar Module Mk IV (the same venue as last year, but with a little less space). This is the second venue to host multiple Desert Buses, and the first reuse of a Lunar Module.
- 1 Drivers
- 2 The Desert Bus for Hope 2019 Team
- 3 Guests
- 4 Milestones
- 5 Notable Events and Memes
- 6 Craft-Along Participants
- 7 Sponsors
- 8 Related pages and multimedia
This year, there were no single-driver shifts. Instead, each of the four daily shifts—Dawn Guard, Alpha Flight, Night Watch, and Zeta Shift—had a team of people who handled driving, co-piloting, and other shift-related matters.
All shifts (except the starting and ending shifts) were 6 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|
|Pre-Desert Bus||$22,825.69 raised beforehand|
|Dawn Guard (4 hours)||November 8 @ 8:00||$50,923.28 raised during shift||$212.18 per minute||0 points||0 crashes||0 stops||Goose|
|Alpha Flight||November 8 @ 12:00||$27,064.12 raised during shift||$75.18 per minute||0 points||2 crashes||0 stops||Goose, Honko, Scronch|
|Night Watch||November 8 @ 18:00||$26,436.09 raised during shift||$73.43 per minute||0 points||1 crash||3 stops||Scronch, Maverick|
|Zeta Shift||November 9 @ 0:00||$10,812.61 raised during shift||$30.04 per minute||0 points||2 crashes||2 stops||Maverick, Wedge, Icdman|
|Dawn Guard||November 9 @ 6:00||$23,869.50 raised during shift||$66.30 per minute||0 points||1 crash||2 stops||Icdman, Teamordr|
|Alpha Flight||November 9 @ 12:00||$21,057.48 raised during shift||$58.49 per minute||0 points||2 crashes||0 stops||Teamordr, Order, Itchya|
|Night Watch||November 9 @ 18:00||$30,457.32 raised during shift||$84.60 per minute||1 point||0 crashes||3 stops||Itchya|
|Zeta Shift||November 10 @ 0:00||$14,738.91 raised during shift||$40.64 per minute||0 point||0 crashes||2 stops||Itchya|
|Dawn Guard||November 10 @ 6:00||$40,011.46 raised during shift||$111.14 per minute||1 point||0 crashes||0 stops||Itchya|
|Alpha Flight||November 10 @ 12:00||$33,618.45 raised during shift||$93.38 per minute||1 point||0 crashes||1 stop||Itchya|
|Night Watch||November 10 @ 18:00||$40,522.89 raised during shift||$112.56 per minute||1 point||0 crashes||1 stop||Itchya|
|Zeta Shift||November 11 @ 0:00||$12,551.72 raised during shift||$34.87 per minute||0 points||0 crashes||1 stop||Itchya|
|Dawn Guard||November 11 @ 6:00||$23,206.62 raised during shift||$64.46 per minute||1 point||1 crash||0 stops||Itchya, Buttsoft|
|Alpha Flight||November 11 @ 12:00||$31,725.89 raised during shift||$88.13 per minute||0 points||1 crash||0 stops||Buttsoft, Jocko|
|Night Watch||November 11 @ 18:00||$31,738.97 raised during shift||$88.16 per minute||1 point||1 crash||1 stop||Jocko, Matlock|
|Zeta Shift||November 12 @ 0:00||$10,070.59 raised during shift||$27.97 per minute||1 point||0 crashes||2 stops||Matlock|
|Dawn Guard||November 12 @ 6:00||$15,600.53 raised during shift||$43.33 per minute||0 points||1 crash||2 stops||Matlock, [blank]|
|Alpha Flight||November 12 @ 12:00||$16,911.39 raised during shift||$46.98 per minute||0 points||2 crashes||0 stops||[blank], Jocko, Horse|
|Night Watch||November 12 @ 18:00||$28,207.33 raised during shift||$78.35 per minute||0 points||0 crashes||4 stops||Horse|
|Zeta Shift||November 13 @ 0:00||$7,535.50 raised during shift||$20.93 per minute||1 point||0 crashes||3 stops||Horse|
|Dawn Guard||November 13 @ 6:00||$16,244.03 raised during shift||$45.12 per minute||1 point||1 crash||1 stop||Horse, Hubris|
|Alpha Flight||November 13 @ 12:00||$40,104.26 raised during shift||$111.40 per minute||0 points||1 crash||3 stops||Hubris, Butthard|
|Night Watch||November 13 @ 18:00||$20,530.78 raised during shift||$57.03 per minute||1 point||0 crashes||3 stops||Butthard|
|Zeta Shift||November 14 @ 0:00||$11,463.19 raised during shift||$31.84 per minute||1 point||0 crashes||3 stops||Butthard|
|Dawn Guard||November 14 @ 6:00||$25,248.39 raised during shift||$70.13 per minute||0 points||0 crashes||0 stops||Butthard|
|Alpha Flight||November 14 @ 12:00||$45,819.40 raised during shift||$127.28 per minute||1 point||2 crashes||0 stops||Butthard, Omega, Paulwall|
|Night Watch (2 hr., 24 min.)||November 14 @ 18:00||$100,742.61 raised during shift||$699.60 per minute||0 points||0 crashes||1 stop||Paulwall|
|Omega Shift (5 hr., 36 min.)||November 15 @ 20:24||$84,181.00 raised during shift||$250.54 per minute||0 points||2 crashes||4 stops||Paulwall, Wnderwall, Jocko|
|Post-Desert Bus||$XX,XXX.XX raised afterward|
|Shift||Hours Bussed||Total Money Raised||Avg. Donations Per Minute||Points Earned||Bus Crashes||Bus Stops||Driver Name|
|Dawn Guard Subtotal||40 hours||$195,103.81 raised||$81.29 per minute||3 points||4 crashes||5 stops|
|Alpha Flight Subtotal||42 hours||$216,300.99 raised||$85.83 per minute||2 points||10 crashes||4 stops|
|Night Watch Subtotal||38 hours, 24 minutes||$278,635.99 raised||$120.94 per minute||4 points||2 crashes||16 stops|
|Zeta Shift Subtotal||36 hours||$67,172.52 raised||$31.10 per minute||3 points||2 crashes||13 stops|
|Omega Shift||5 hours, 36 minutes||$84,181.00 raised||$250.54 per minute||0 points||2 crashes||4 stops|
|Totals (WHILE BUSSING)||162 hours||$841,394.31 raised||$86.56 per minute|| 12 points
(high score: 5)
|20 crashes||42 stops||Goose, Honko, Scronch, Maverick, Wedge, Icdman, Teamordr, Order, Itchya, Buttsoft, Jocko, Matlock, [blank], Jocko, Horse, Hubris, Butthard, Omega, Paulwall, Wnderwall, Jocko|
The Desert Bus for Hope 2019 Team
- Andrew Ferguson
- Ashton Cummings
- Brendan "Beej" Dery
- Erika Cole
- Graham Stark
- Ian Horner
- James Turner
- Johnny Blakeborough
- Jordan Hopkins
- Kathleen De Vere
- Matt Wiggins
- Paul Saunders
- Serge Yager
- Alaina Boomer
- Alex Eastveld
- Alex Mueller
- Alister McVeigh
- Ben Ulmer
- Brett Johnson
- Cameron Lauder
- Carrie Floyd
- Chris Gamble
- Colin Benjamin
- Coriander Dickinson
- Cory McElrea
- Dan Wu
- Emily Jarrett
- Jacob Burgess
- Joanna Stinson
- Joe Trollo
- Jon/Jen Carling
- Juliana Cooper
- Kelly Voorhaar
- Kolin Toney
- Liz Smith
- Logan Wiltse
- Martin Pittenauer
- Matt Griffiths
- Max Loy
- Mike Buland
- Morgan Llewellyn
- Nina Scott
- Paxton Grill
- Peter Smit
- PJ Martin
- Rek Feldman
- Rob Machen
- Sara Chicazul
- Sarah Mendiola
- Sarah Toney
- Shawn Morford
- Stephanie Martin
- Taylor Quinn (TQ)
- Tim Lindvall
|Guest / Website||Best Known for||Call-in time (all times 24hr PST)||Video|
|Jerry Holkins||Writer||November 9 @ 15:00 (Saturday)|||
|Phil Plait||The Bad Astronomer||November 10 @ 15:00 (Sunday)|||
|The McElroy Brothers||Podcasters||November 11 @ 10:00 (Monday)|||
|Penn Jillette||Magician, TV host, Podcaster, Author||November 11 @ 15:00 (Monday)|||
|Dr. Joe Albietz||Medical Director of Child Life University of Colorado School of Medicine||November 12 @ 10:00 (Tuesday)|||
|Jenn Bane & Trin Garritano||Co-Hosts of Friendshipping!||November 12 @ 15:00 (Tuesday)|||
|Mikey Neumann||Writer, Voice Actor, Content Producer||November 13 @ 15:00 (Wednesday)|||
|Teller||Magician, Writer, Actor, Director||November 14 @ 15:00 (Thursday)|||
|Guest / Website||Best Known for||Visit time (all times 24hr PST)||Video|
|Erick Blandin||Child's Play Community Project Manager||November 8, 9, 10 @ 9:00 (Friday, Saturday, Sunday)|
|Dan Floyd||Animator, YouTube Creator|| November 8 @ 15:00 (Friday)
November 9 @ 9:00 (Saturday)
|Kirsten Carlile||Director of Philanthropy & Partner Experiences for Child's Play||November 9, 10 @ 9:00 (Saturday, Sunday)|
|Heather Dery||November 10, 11 @ 0:00 (Sunday, Monday)|
|Mia Steinberg||Archivist, Friend of Desert Bus||November 10 @ 15:00 (Sunday)|
|Jeremy Petter||iOS Developer, LRR Alumnus||November 10 @ 20:00 (Sunday)|
|Tally Heilke Petter||Former Desert Bus Prize Mistress, Crafter||November 10 @ 20:00 (Sunday)|
|Maddy Suddaby||Singer, Dancer, Actor||November 11 @ 9:00 (Monday)|
|Andrew Cownden||Actor, Writer, Composer||November 11 @ 9:00 (Monday)|
|Ken Steacy||Comic Book Writer/Artist||November 11 @ 17:00 (Monday)|
|Tabitha Sheehan||Community Program Coordinator||November 12, 13, 14 @ 9:00 (Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday)|
|Ian Jacek||Former Desert Bus Volunteer, Food Services Manager||November 12 @ 9:00 (Tuesday)|
|Ben Wheeler||Magic Player, Twitch Streamer, Podcaster, Co-host of North 100||November 12, 13 @ 16:00 (Tuesday, Wednesday)|
|Mike Selinker||Game Designer, CCO of Loan Shark Games||November 13 @ 10:00 (Wednesday)|
|Skylar Woodies||Game Developer||November 13 @ 10:00 (Wednesday)|
- $5.5 million lifetime at 57:29.
- $6.0 million lifetime at 156:42.
- An $8k donation at T-3 minutes pushed the total to $22,825, $20 more than a Desert Buck.
- A $36k Fangamer drop in the fourth hour helped push the total beyond $70k and a Desert Doubloon.
- $140k came just shy of 23 hours into the run, surpassing the first 3 Desert Buses within the first day.
- 39 hours down and DB4 was also beaten, with $210k total.
- 7 hours later and $228,050 brought the total beyond 10 Desert Bucks.
- Desert Bus 5's $383k came at 77 hours.
- When this Desert Bus hit 88 hours, it beat Desert Bus 6.
- Overtaking Desert Bus 7 took 120 hours.
- The 151st hour took the total beyond both DB8 and 2017.
- The trend continued with DB9 and 10 both in hour 155.
- 2 hours after DB9 and 2019 took the record for highest earning Desert Bus for Hope from 2018.
Notable Events and Memes
- James promised to buy ice cream for the crew if a Desert Buck was raised before the start of the run. This happened.
- Serge called the pine tree a Tree Mint
- The random dance party button needs to be cranked before use this year.
- Ham is served every evening, accompanied by the Godfather theme.
- There were multiple proposals.
- In a democratic election conducted by straw poll of the chat, Kathleen was named leader of Alpha Flight.
- Andrew demonstrated Airplane Mode, an upcoming game, inspired by Desert Bus, where you get to be a passenger on a plane. 
- A horrible goose showed up and crashed the bus. 
For the second year, James and Serge had a chain of Coffee Pong matches during Dawn Guard. Penalties (or boons) were determined by spinning a wheel after each match.
- Match 1 (Nov. 9): Serge won (6-5). James couldn't have any more caffeine until the next Dawn Guard shift.
- Match 2 (Nov. 10): James won (6-5). Serge had to do Caramelldansen for every Random Dance Party until the next Dawn Guard shift, starting with a chain of them.
- (Nov. 11 had maccha instead of a match.)
- Match 3 (Nov. 12): James won (6-5). Serge was granted the boon of being able to pass any challenge to somebody else...and immediately used it to pass James the bonus penalty of having to buy coffee for everyone from Hey Happy.
- Match 4 (Nov. 13): James won (6-4). Serge had to drive for the entire shift. This also clinched the best-of-five series for James, obliging Serge to buy everyone cookies.
- Match 5 (Nov. 14): Serge won (6-5). James had to wear a banana suit for the rest of the shift.
There was also a bonus match during Omega Shift, the first to be held outside of Dawn Guard.
- Omega Match (Nov. 14): Serge won (6-4). James had to pick up the tab at a dinner for the two at a steakhouse, and endure 21 minutes in Baby Shark Hell.
- Alcaria Cosplay (Twitter) (Instagram) — Dagger of Time
- Alexander Miles (Twitter) — Ugin, The Ineffable Stained Glass
- AnisariansShade (Twitter) — DesArt Bus quilt
- Ashen Stone Models (Instagram) — Desert Bus Orkz Trukk
- Avi Miller (Twitter) — Celeste Perler Bead Lot
- Bea Mandel (Instagram) — Higher, Further, Faster
- Black Wrym Leatherworks (ArgentumFlare in chat) (website) (Instagram) — Folding Leather Dice Rolling Trays (Set of Five)
- Blue Lotus Designs (Facebook) (Instagram) — Kirby Sleep Quilt
- BlueChloroplast — Needle Felted Heartless
- Boomer (Twitter) — Desert Bus House/Shift Scarves
- BrainStew (Twitter) — Stardew Valley Reversible Apron Set
- buildthebird (Twitter) — Mecha Pepe
- Candysniper015 — Nintendo Cross Stitch Set
- Carrie Emmerich (Twitter) — Rampaging Bus Beast (with Shift Heroes!)
- Charlene aka NyxFire (Twitter) — The Spoopiest Embroidery
- chimingfish (Twitter) — Beginning the Climb
- Crafted By Colette (website) (Twitter) — Shift Colour Dragonscale Dice Bags
- David Woehr (Instagram) — Needle Felted Owlbear Cub
- Dillatont (Tumblr) (Twitter) — Kingdom Hearts 3 Box Art Cross-Stitch
- DocSamurai — Sega CD DBFH Edition
- Emily Jarrett (Twitter) — Emily Knitted Prize
- Emily Mitchell (Twitter) (Instagram) — Dark Souls Crest Shield Pendant
- Eric Johnson (Tumblr) (Twitter) — The Boston Accostin'
- Fantasytiger — Sailor Moon Pixel Art
- Flailsquared (Twitter) — GameCube Cat Cube!
- GeekyCraftz (Twitter) — Slime Rancher cross stitch
- Gold (Twitter) — Ajani Goldmane Plush
- Gordon McMillan (Twitter) — Eileen the Crow Pen and Ink Drawing
- HatsWearCats (Twitter) — Sword of Dungeons and Dragons, Sword of Sinew and Steel
- Invincible Ink (website) (Twitter) (Instagram) — "Not Too Familiar" Coaster Set
- Jack (Tumblr) (Twitter) — Yoshi's Crafted Chaos! Shadowbox
- Jamas Enright (Twitter) — Desert Race for Hope Board Game
- Johanna Iles Art (Twitter) (Facebook) (Instagram) — Niv-Mizzet Needle Felted Sculpture
- John Henderson (Twitter) (Instagram) — Core 2020 Themed Watercolor Tokens
- Katherine Bagdasian — Desert Bus Shift Banners in Chainmail
- korvys (Twitter) — Tooled Desert Bus Leather Bag
- Kuebiko Krafts (Instagram) — Crocheted Gen VIII Starters
- Lex Hover — May the Sprites Be With You Pillow
- Libby — Mounted Beholder Head
- Lilian Young (Twitter) (Mastodon) — Desert Bus Deck Boxes
- Mark Siefker — Game Boy Dice Tray
- Matty (Twitter) (Instagram) — Lord LoadingReadyRun's Space-Vampire Hunting Kit
- Michelle Kuipers (Twitter) — Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse Resin Painting
- mikialice (Twitter) (Etsy) — Desert Bus Shifts Stone Gift Set
- mithodin (Twitter) — Mini Cat Shelf
- Musings of a Fox (Twitter) (Instagram) — Desert Bus Shift Banner Scarf
- Nathan Yaussy (Etsy) — Needle Felted Animorph Aliens
- Northern Redsmith — The Desert Mandolin
- Odd Fox Laser Creations (Facebook) — Lord of the Rings wall clock
- Orin Drake (Twitter) — Luxie the Plush Chocobo
- panovanator (Twitter) (Instagram) — Liliana Dreadhorde General - Yoshitaka Amano inspired Stained Glass
- PunkRockZoologist (Twitter) (Instagram) — The QWRP Prank Tank
- r10pez10 — Desert Bus Shift Clock
- rebeccajeanknits (Twitter) (Instagram) — Bigger On The Inside Blanket
- Robin Roberts (Twitter) — Glass Daggers
- Ryan — MTG Pen
- Sam Lewis (Twitter) — The Fifth Element: Zorg ZF1 Replica
- Saphling — Stardew Valley Blanket
- Sarah Louttit (Twitter) — Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker Blanket
- Sarah Serinde (Twitter) — The Turn of the Universe
- SchalaKitty (Twitter) — Kingdom Hearts Shadow Box "Prismatic Symbolism"
- Sean McKee "FlamingSpidernado" (Facebook) (Instagram) — Lord of the Rings One Ring Lanyard
- Setra Lynn (Tumblr) (Twitter) (Instagram) — Desert Bus Shifts Quilt
- Squirrel (Twitter) — Cushion Rotation - Shift Banner Cushion set
- Stained Glass Half Full (Instagram) — Stained Glass Yoshi
- Steve "ApodoNuevo" Lewis (Twitter) — Catan Clock
- Strawbecky Shop — Desert Bus 2019 Drawstring Dice Bag
- TacitusVigil — The Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Ages/Seasons Sprite Mini Sampler
- The Bog Witch (Instagram) — Monster Hunter World Resin Coasters
- The Crafty Otome (Twitter) (Instagram) — Hylian Plushies
- the.evergreen.burrow (Twitter) (Instagram) — Korok (Legend of Zelda) Autumn Limited Edition
- TheGeekyQuilter (Instagram) — Take This Quilt!
- Tim O'Leary (Facebook) — Three Piece Nested Dice Bowls
- Tyler Treadwell (Twitter) (Instagram) — Damascus Steel Kitchen Set
- Vox Vulpi (Twitter) (Instagram) — LoadingReadyRun Charm Keychain
- Bob Ross
- Card Kingdom
- Codename Entertainment
- Greater Than Games
- Heroic Replicas
- Hinterland Games
- Humble Bundle
- Ken Steacy Publishing
- Legacy Books Press
- Lone Shark Games
- Red Hook Studios
- Roxley Game Laboratory
- Samurai Punk
- Speak of the Devil
- Take This
- Weta Workshop
- Wizards of the Coast
- ysbryd games
Related pages and multimedia
Gifs and Photos
Buy official merchandise!
- Desert Bus 2018 shirt (remaining stock of last year's shirt)
- Desert Bus 2019 poster
- Desert Bus 2019 Pinny Arcade pin
- Desert Bus Shifts Playmat
- Desert Bus 2018 Softcover Photo Book
- Desert Bus yarn (used by Emily in making a shawl during this year's run)
Desert Bus on Social Media
- The Wheels on the Desert Bus Go Round and Round, Robert B. Marks, Comics Gaming Magazine, Oct. 31
- 'Desert Bus' video game charity has raised nearly $80,000, Christine Fisher, Engadget, Nov. 8
- Airplane Mode, coming soon, joins Desert Bus on boring games’ cutting edge, Owen S. Good, Polygon, Nov. 9
- Desert Bus for Hope Breaks $500,000 in Record-Breaking Year, Robert B. Marks, Comics Gaming Magazine, Nov. 13
- Charity streaming event Desert Bus for Hope surpasses $6 million in lifetime donations, Alissa McAloon, Gamasutra, Nov. 15
- Desert Bus for Hope has raised $6m for charity over 13 years, Haydn Taylor, GamesIndustry.biz, Nov. 18
- Desert Bus de l'Espoir (French marathon, inspired by DBfH but not affiliated with it; will run Nov 29 to Dec 1.)
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