Desert Bus for Hope 2020

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The 14th annual Desert Bus for Hope, Desert Bus for Hope 2020, started at 10 AM Pacific Standard Time on Friday, the 13th of November 2020 [1]. The run lasted 164 hours and raised over 987 000 USD.

Owing to the COVID-19 pandemic, the event abandoned its usual everybody-in-one-room approach; instead, it brought together people broadcasting from a variety of locations.

Each of the four shifts was a separate production with its own engineering team. Each drove its own bus, which was run as a cloud emulation of a Sega CD system. The game run was suspended at the end of each shift, and picked up again at the start of that shift the next day.

Drivers

All shifts (except the starting and ending shifts) are 6 hours long, at least officially. Times below are in 24-hour time format, set to Pacific Standard Time. The stats below ignore shifts starting late for purposes of tracking donations; bus stats follow which cloud-based bus is being driven.

Stats

Shift Shift Start (PST) Total Money Raised During Shift Avg. Donations Per Minute Points Earned Bus Crashes Bus Stops Driver Name
Pre-Desert Bus $23,205.00 raised beforehand
Alpha Flight (8 hours) November 13 @ 10:00 $61,194.29 raised during shift $127.48 per minute 0 points 4 crashes 1 stop Cloud (*), Squal, Vivi, Yuna
Night Watch November 13 @ 18:00 $16,100.71 raised during shift $44.72 per minute 0 points 3 crashes 2 stops Sora, Roxas (*), Ichiban
Zeta Shift November 14 @ 0:00 $15,113.48 raised during shift $41.98 per minute 0 points 1 crash 0 stops Bocko, Marge
Dawn Guard November 14 @ 6:00 $26,580.48 raised during shift $73.83 per minute 0 points 4 crashes 1 stop (on Zeta bus) Marge, Grant, Gramt, Buseth
Grant
Alpha Flight November 14 @ 12:00 $39,897.04 raised during shift $110.83 per minute 0 points 0 crashes 0 stops Yuna
Night Watch November 14 @ 18:00 $27,960.90 raised during shift $77.67 per minute 0 points 3 crashes 2 stops Ichiban, Xion, Radracer, Belopa
Zeta Shift November 15 @ 0:00 $15,002.50 raised during shift $41.67 per minute 0 points 2 crashes 2 stops Buseth, Greenja, Blase
Dawn Guard November 15 @ 6:00 $20,399.99 raised during shift $56.67 per minute 0 points 4 crashes 0 stops Grant (x3), James
Alpha Flight November 15 @ 12:00 $26,574.35 raised during shift $73.82 per minute 0 points 1 crash 0 stops Yuna, Yunie
Night Watch November 15 @ 18:00 $48,001.26 raised during shift $133.34 per minute 0 points X crashes 4 stops Belopa, Cocko (x2), Chrono
Zeta Shift November 16 @ 0:00 $10,123.00 raised during shift $28.12 per minute 0 points 2 crashes 0 stops Dawngus, Bread, TPSquare
Dawn Guard November 16 @ 6:00 $24,917.48 raised during shift $69.22 per minute 0 points 0 crashes 1 stop James
Alpha Flight November 16 @ 12:00 $16,002.10 raised during shift $44.45 per minute 1 point 1 crash 0 stops Yunie, Shantoto
Night Watch November 16 @ 18:00 $31,072.53 raised during shift $86.31 per minute 1 point 0 crashes 1 stop Chrono
Zeta Shift November 17 @ 0:00 $14,914.74 raised during shift $41.43 per minute 1 point 0 crashes 0 stops TPSquare
Dawn Guard November 17 @ 6:00 $30,417.45 raised during shift $84.49 per minute 0 points 1 crash 2 stops James, History
Alpha Flight November 17 @ 12:00 $33,799.97 raised during shift $93.89 per minute 0 points 3 crashes 0 stops Shantoto, Fran, Claire (x2)
Night Watch November 17 @ 18:00 $23,783.23 raised during shift $66.06 per minute 0 points X crashes 4 stops Chrono, Nora, Belopa, <Blank>
Zeta Shift November 18 @ 0:00 $10,196.35 raised during shift $28.32 per minute 0 points 0 crashes 1 stop TPSquare
Dawn Guard November 18 @ 6:00 $XX,XXX.XX raised during shift $XX.XX per minute X points X crashes X stops History

(*) the driver was resurrected through save state shenanigans, so the name didn't change after a crashDate: November 13, 2020


Rosters

Dawn Guard

Alpha Flight

Night Watch

Zeta Shift

The Desert Bus for Hope 2020 Team

Organizers

Volunteers

Guests

Call-Ins and Short Visits

Guest / Website Best Known for Call-in time (all times 24hr PST) Video
The Seattle Garages Blaseball Band November 15 @ 14:00 (Sunday)
Erick Blandin Child's Play Program Director November 15 @ 16:00 (Sunday)

Shift-Length Visitors

Guest / Website Best Known for Shift(s)
Mikey Neumann Youtuber Dawn Guard: Monday and Tuesday
Alison Luhrs Improviser Alpha Flight: Monday
Madeleine Suddaby Singer, Dancer, Actor, Animal Crosser Alpha Flight: Tuesday and Wednesday
Andrew Cownden Actor. Writer. Mostly Harmless. Alpha Flight: Tuesday and Wednesday
Tabitha "Tabby" Sheehan Community Program Coordinator, Child's Play Night Watch: Tuesday and Wednesday
Laser (from the Doubleclicks!) Musician, Songwriter Dawn Guard: Wednesday and Thursday
Jerry Holkins Writer Alpha Flight: Thursday

Milestones

Notable Events and Memes

On Sept. 26, Rustproof Bee Shed, definitely not a Desert Bus test stream, aired for about six hours on the LRR Twitch channel, spanning two shifts: Beta Flight and Dusk Guard. During that time, it raised $11,759.90 for Trans Lifeline. [2]

The Button this year consists of a virtual (software) button that triggers a mechanical finger pushing an actual physical button, which in turn triggers a Random Dance Party. [3]

The usual behind-the-scenes photography by Kolin is impossible this time around. Instead, participants are taking their own photos, and they're soliciting photos from viewers. Those can be submitted at https://yourphotos.desertbus.org

It was believed that the cloud bus controls mapped Z to the brake, X to the door handle, and V to the accelerator. Or, in other words, [Z]top, e[X]it, and [V]room. It was later determined that Z and X had the opposite of those functions.

Night Watch kicked off with a news report every night.

Ben did a reading from Escape from Tenopia #2: Trapped in the Sea Kingdom, by Edward Packard, the OG Choose Your Own Adventure writer who lost the trademark. On page 13, you encounter Belopa. He's a pelephin, a telepathic dolphin-like creature. [4] Garbled news of Belopa rapidly spread to the other shifts.

Coffee Pong

James and Serge once again had a series of Coffee Pong matches during Dawn Guard. Each day's was conducted in a different manner.

  • Match 1 (Nov. 14): They played the video game Pong. Serge won (6–4).
  • Match 2 (Nov. 15): They played Coffee Pong in Minecraft. James won (6–4).
  • Match 3 (Nov. 16): They played with actual Ping Pong balls and mugs in their respective homes. Serge won (3–1).
  • Match 4 (Nov. 17): They returned to Minecraft, with added complications. James won (4–2).
  • Match 5 (Nov. 18): In Minecraft once more time, under the watchful eyes of Belopa. Serge won (7–6).

Craft-Along Participants

Sponsors

Organising Partners

Prize Sponsors

Technical Sponsors

Related pages and multimedia

General links and event logs

Videos

Gifs and Photos

Poster

Buy official merchandise!

Buy unofficial merchandise: the garages

(Proceeds go to Child's Play)

Desert Bus on social media

Media coverage

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