Desert Bus for Hope 9
Desert Bus for Hope 9 began on November 14th, 2015 at 10:00 AM PST, and wrapped up on November 21 at 2:25 AM, having raised a record $677 158.00. Post run donations brought the final total to $683 720.00. The event was held in the Alacrity Foundation space in Victoria, otherwise known as the Lunar Module Mk. 2. Date: November 14, 2015 I
- 1 Drivers
- 2 The Desert Bus for Hope 9 Team
- 3 Guests
- 4 Milestones
- 5 Video links
- 6 Quotables
- 7 Notable Memes, Happenings, and Changes
- 8 Craft-Along Participants
- 9 Sponsors
- 10 Links to various Desert Bus 9 related pages
All driving shifts (except the last one) were 8 hours long. Times below are in 24-hour time format, set to Pacific Standard Time (aka Moonbase Standard time).
The driver's name was "Daniel" throughout the run, in memory of Daniel Davis.
|Driver||Shift Start (PST)||Total Money Raised During Shift||Avg. Donations Per Minute||Points Earned||Bus Crashes||Bus Stops|
|No Driver||Pre-Desert Bus||$6,500.00 raised beforehand||----||----||----||----|
|James||November 14 @ 10:00||$39,254.63 raised during shift||$81.78 per minute||0 points||0 crashes||0 stops|
|Ian||November 14 @ 18:00||$40,943.13 raised during shift||$85.30 per minute||1 point||2 crashes||3 stops|
|Andy||November 15 @ 02:00||$17,758.10 raised during shift||$37.00 per minute||0 points||4 crashes||0 stops|
|Kate Watt||November 15 @ 10:00||$20,801.82 raised during shift||$44.34 per minute||0 points||3 crashes||0 stops|
|Jer||November 15 @ 18:00||$30,258.00 raised during shift||$63.04 per minute||0 points||1 crash||2 stops|
|Beej||November 16 @ 02:00||$16,368.37 raised during shift||$34.10 per minute||1 point||0 crashes||1 stop|
|Ashton||November 16 @ 10:00||$18,311.55 raised during shift||$38.15 per minute||1 point||1 crash||0 stops|
|Tara||November 16 @ 18:00||$30,766.38 raised during shift||$64.10 per minute||0 points||0 crashes||0 stops|
|Matt||November 17 @ 02:00||$15,461.92 raised during shift||$32.21 per minute||1 point||1 crash||3 stops|
|Ashley||November 17 @ 10:00||$17,240.00 raised during shift||$35.92 per minute||0 points||0 crashes||0 stops|
|Fugi||November 17 @ 18:00||$41,156.27 raised during shift||$85.74 per minute||1 point||3 crashes||4 stops|
|Cam||November 18 @ 02:00||$24,866.27 raised during shift||$51.80 per minute||1 point||0 crashes||3 stops|
|Tally||November 18 @ 10:00||$52,283.92 raised during shift||$108.92 per minute||1 point||0 crashes||0 stops|
|Liz||November 18 @ 18:00||$21,138.18 raised during shift||$44.04 per minute||0 points||5 crashes||0 stops|
|Alex||November 19 @ 02:00||$17,097.37 raised during shift||$35.62 per minute||0 points||0 crashes||0 stops|
|Kara||November 19 @ 10:00||$20,146.12 raised during shift||$41.97 per minute||1 point||0 crashes||0 stops|
|Graham||November 19 @ 18:00||$31,700.95 raised during shift||$66.04 per minute||1 point||1 crash||1 stop|
|Johnny||November 20 @ 02:00||$16,608.16 raised during shift||$34.60 per minute||1 point||1 crash||0 stops|
|Jamie||November 20 @ 10:00||$62,388.15 raised during shift||$129.98 per minute||0 points||1 crash||0 stops|
|Paul (7 hours)||November 20 @ 18:00||$132,745.23 raised during shift||$316.06 per minute||1 point||0 crashes||5 stops|
|No Driver||Post-Desert Bus||$391 raised afterwards||----||----||----||----|
|Totals (WHILE BUSSING)||159 Hours||$676,767.00 raised||$70.94 per minute||11 points (High: 2)||23 crashes||22 stops|
The Desert Bus for Hope 9 Team
- Alex Steacy - Event Organizer
- Ash Vickers - Event Manager
- Ashley Turner - Shipping Coordinator
- Ashton Cummings - IT Coordinator
- Brendan "Beej" Dery - Event Manager
- Graham Stark - Graphic Designer
- Ian Horner - Overlay Engineer
- James Turner - Project Manager
- Jeremy Petter - Event Organizer
- Johnny Blakeborough - Broadcast Coordinator
- Kara McLachlan - Communications Coordinator
- Kathleen De Vere - Volunteer Coordinator
- Liz Smith - Special Guest Coordinator
- Matt Wiggins - Special Guest Coordinator
- Paul Saunders - Event Organizer
- Serge Yager - Event Manager & Nomordinator
- Tally Heilke - Prizes & Sponsorship Coordinator
- Tara Theoharis - Media Relations
- Ben Ulmer - Broadcast Tech
- Coriander Dickinson - Broadcast Tech & Overlay Engineer
- Jason Chinnock - Broadcast Tech
- John Bates - Broadcast Tech
- Louis Moga - Broadcast Tech & App Developer
- Sarah Mendiola - Broadcast Tech
- Thomas Ourada - Broadcast Tech
- Alex Ashman - Social Media
- Jordan Hopkins - Blog
- Kate Stark - Social Media
- Kelly Voorhaar - Social Media & Comms Assistant
- Mike Whitaker - Blog
- Tim Lindvall - Blog
Infrastructure & Software
- Dan Wu - PR Assistant
- Andre van Slyke
- D. Max Loy
- Graham Fielding
- Helen Cowart
- Matt Griffiths
- Paxton Grill
- Peter Fulker
- Rek Feldman
- Scheduled Calls
|Guest / Website||Best Known for||Call-in time (all times 24hr PST)||$9 Nemesis||Video|
|Ashly Burch||Writer, Voice Actress, Content Producer||November 15th @ 11:00 (Sunday)||Batman|||
|Paul and Storm||Musicians||November 15 @ 17:00 (Sunday)||The ParKing / The Batman|||
|LeVar Burton||Actor, Director, Producer, & Speaker||November 16 @ 08:00 (Monday)||Green Lantern|||
|Michael Stevens||YouTube Personality (VSauce)||November 16 @ 11:30 (Monday)||"Someone who judged you based on your cleanliness."|||
|Mikey Neumann||Chief Creative Champion of Gearbox Software, Writer, Voice Actor, Content Producer||November 16 @ 18:30 (Monday)||Hawkeye|| |
|Jennifer Hale||Actress, Voice Actress||November 16 @ 21:30 (Monday)||Donald Trump|||
|Kris Straub||Writer, Web Cartoonist, Podcaster||November 17 @ 11:00 (Tuesday)||Iron Man|||
|Daniel Saunders||Podcaster, Writer, Vision Scientist, Brother of Awesome||November 18 @ 9:00 (Wednesday)||—|||
|Jimmy Wong||Actor, Musician, YouTube Personality, Podcaster||November 18 @ 11:00 (Wednesday)||Someone like Aquaman|||
|Mike & Tifa Robles||Former Community Manager for WotC / Former Brand Manager for MtG||November 18 @ 18:30 (Wednesday)||Tifa: Kanye West / Mike: [points at Tifa]|||
|The Doubleclicks||Musicians, Songwriters||November 19 @ 13:30 (Thursday)||Aubrey: The Flash / Angela: Superman|||
|Aaron Forsythe||Director of R&D for Magic: The Gathering||November 19 @ 18:30 (Thursday)||Squirrel Girl|||
|Phil Plait||Astronomer, Public Speaker, Science Evangelizer, & Author||November 20 @ 14:00 (Friday)||Cognitive Bias Man|||
- Unscheduled Calls
|Guest / Website||Best Known for||Call-in time (all times 24hr PST)||$9 Nemesis||Video|
|Penn Jillette||Magician, Desert Bus Co-Creator||November 15 @ 12:54 (Sunday)||—|||
|Max Temkin and Friends]||Designer, Game Designer||November 20 @ 19:22 (Friday)||"maybe a True Neutral character?"|||
|Penn (and Teller)||Magician, Desert Bus Co-Creator||November 20 @ 20:30 (Friday)||—|||
|Guest / Website||Best Known for||Visit time (all times 24hr PST)||Video|
|Kathleen De Vere||LRR member||November 15th @ 14:49 (Sunday)|||
|Steven Dengler||Entrepreneur, Investor, and Geek||November 17th @ 17:00 (Tuesday)|
|Harrison Krix||Propmaker & Graphic Designer||November 17th @ 17:00 (Tuesday)|
|Ken "Value Added" Steacy||Comic Book Writer/Artist||November 17th @ 18:00 (Tuesday)|
|Zahra Premji||Reporter, CTV News||November 18th @ 11:43 & 17:50 (Wednesday)|| |
|Molly Lewis||Songwriter, Ukulele Player||November 19th @ 16:00 (Thursday)|| |
(Times given in PST)
- Year 1 total exceeded ($22,805) - Saturday, November 14, 12:13
- $2.5m lifetime reached ($64,554) - Saturday, November 14, 22:13
- Year 2 total exceeded ($70,424) - Sunday, November 15, 1:21
- Year 3 total exceeded ($140,450) - Sunday, November 15, 20:46
- Year 4 total exceeded ($208,250) - Monday, November 16, 19:39
- $2.75m lifetime reached ($314,554) - Wednesday, November 18, 8:55
- Year 5 total exceeded ($383,125) - Wednesday, November 18, 22:22
- Year 6 total exceeded ($443,630) - Thursday, November 19, 19:27
- $500,000 reached ($500,000) - Friday, November 20, 12:08
- Year 7 total exceeded ($523,520) - Friday, November 20, 15:58
- $3.0m lifetime reached ($564,554) - Friday, November 20, 19:09
- Year 8 total exceeded ($643,243) - Friday, November 20, 20:20
Notable Memes, Happenings, and Changes
See also the Desert Bus Lexicon
- The four time-based teams—named last year as Dawn Guard (6 AM-noon), Alpha Flight (noon-6 PM), Night Watch (6 PM-midnight), and Zeta Shift (midnight-6 AM)—now have official pennants, hung in the back of the room. (YouTube)
- "Alpha Flight" was greeted with a "CAW!" by Liz, on its first mention.
- In spite of Graham's protestation, this immediately became canon.
- The [Random Dance Party] Button, the auction starter, and The Device were combined into one unit. Naturally, this worked perfectly, and never led to the wrong function being triggered. Or not.
- The Device now talks, GlaDoS-like, announcing each effect.
- The Device has been named DAISy.
- The end of a Device effect now sometimes comes with a MST3K overlay heralding Normal View.
- Andrew loaded The Button with song clips this year. They are no longer necessarily 60 seconds long.
- Engineering played Cookie Clicker for three days as part of a challenge, before cheating to get all the achievements. Toward the end, it was calling upon about 7 GB of virtual memory, 2 GB of physical memory, and 400% of the processor power. (YouTube)
- Creepy Doll has been joined by Bill's stunt double, Frank Socrates. (YouTube)
- And, later, by the stuffed dog PresidentBarackObamaAllOneWord. (YouTube)
- Achievements apparently are no longer a thing.
- There are new couches and an office chair named "Mega," "Cynics," and ".com," after their sponsor.
- Andrew decisively won a long-running DickButt war with Kate, surprising her with a giant plush version. (YouTube)
- This year's question asked of all guests is "Nine Dollar Nemesis": if you were a supervillain, which superhero would be your nemesis?
- DAISy's "Lefty" effect appeared to be broken, effectively leading to an automatic crash. (Such a crash in Ashley's shift, when this was confirmed, was not counted against her.)
- Later in the shift, it was found that Lefty did work, but that maybe you had to push down on the D-pad really hard.
- Max Temkin of Cards Against Humanity ran a surprise donation drive for three sets of everything they'd ever issued, and matched all donations. The matching payment of $27,371 immediately vaulted us over the DB8 total.
- The final stretch run of Desert Bus was coined "Omega Shift" on the final night.
And his name is...
- And his name is John Cena!
- And his name is Iron Man!
- And his name is Bob Ross!
- And his name is Inigo Montoya. You killed my father. Prepare to die.
- And his name is This Is CNN.
- And his name is Spartacus!
- And his name is The Law!
- And his name is "it's me, Luigi!"
- And his name is Captain Jack Sparrow!
- And his name is Commander Shepard! (male and female versions)
- And his name is Slim Shady!
- And his name is Steven Universe!
- And his name is Bill Nye, the Science Guy!
- And his name is Mario?
- And his name is Reading Rainbow!
- And his name is 2-4-6-0-1!
- And his name is Sailor Moon!
- And his name is Zoolander?
- And his name is Prince Ali!
- And his name is Liquid Snake!
- And his name is Hal Johnson and Joanne McLeod!
- And his name is John Baptist Emanuel Zorg!
- And his name is Metal Gear!
- But with nothing to consider they forget my name (ame, ame, ame)
- And his name is Winnie the Pooh!
- And his name is the Crystal Gems!
- And his name is Psycho Mantis!
- And his name is Wario!
- And his name is Obi-Wan Kenobi!
- And his name is Hal Johnson and Joanne McLeod!
- And his name is Lupin the Third!
- And his name is Blast Hardcheese!
- And his name is Captain Jean Luc Picard!
- And his name is The Lord! [Pulp Fiction]
|Aasta||Adamantine Accessories||Alexander Rodgers||Amanda EM Haynes||Amy Meister||Beamie's Buddies||Beth Larsson||Brendan Tang|
|Brian Dickeson||C.M. Galdre||Carolyn G||Chemistring||Courtney Stone||Danielle Pepin||Darian Glover||Dee Staab|
|DialMforMara||Eric Johnson||Erin Nix||Featherweight||Flailsquared||Fogoe||GeekyKraftyKel||Gregory McIntyre|
|Haldaraumo||HollyberryArt||Ie Dineen||Ingrid Nordbø||J Barr||Jack Miller||Jessica Schwab||Joel Hustak|
|Kanitaria||Kate "LadySephiroth" S.||Katherine Bagdasian||Katie Tasky||Katrina Keller||Kayla Riddle||Kelsey McKay||Kim Swanner|
|Lareina Chan||Lovely Patches Cloth Creations||Madame Ximon||Marisha Alexander||Matty Makes||Melissa Franks||Michael Magill||Michael W. Delaney|
|Michelle Bilokrely||Mirrored Line Props||Miryenne||Monique Gairns||MsSweetSatisfaction||Nicole Gustafsson||OccamsRazor||Octochan|
|Orin Drake||PunkRockZoologist||Punzie||Rocky Mountain Cookies||Sarah||Sarah Brownjohn||Sarah Overall||Schala-Kitty|
|Scott, Just Scott||Sean Robert||Shandi Wagner||Stephanie Martin||Steven Lauterwasser||Tania Richter||Tara Heilke||Tina Bongorno|
- Wizards of The Coast
- Penny Arcade
- Geeky Hostess
- Ken Steacy Publishing
- GSTQ Costume Replicas
- Big Punch Studios
- League of Geeks
- Tin Man Games
- Lady Planeswalkers Society
- Volpin Props
- Samurai Punk
- Doctor Geof
- Cookie Brigade
- Inkworks / Unwritten RPG
- Diamond Dust Dreams
- Crossy Road
- Legacy Books Press
- Brendan Baker
- Chris & Catherine
- Andrew Ferguson
- Samuel Henson
- Colin Lamphier
- Mikey Neumann
- Matt & Allison Whilden
Official Desert Bus Artist
Gifs and photos
Buy official merchandise!
- Desert Bus 9 shirt (second run; will ship in January)
- Desert Bus 9 poster (pre-order)
- Desert Bus 8 photo book
- Bundle of DB9 poster, DB8 book, and DB9 shift pins
Unofficial merchandise (for the children!)
- Desert Bucket for Hope (original art)
- The most boring video game in the world returns for Desert Bus for Hope fundraiser, Camosun College Nexus, Nov. 4
- All Aboard the Desert Bus, The Escapist, Nov. 11
- Why these comedians can't stop playing the worst game in history, CNET, Nov. 13
- Watch people play 'Desert Bus' for days in the name of charity, Engadget, Nov. 14
- Desert Bus for Hope 9 underway – watch people suffer for charity, VG24/7, Nov. 16
- Players take on the Desert Bus challenge for charity, PC Gamer, Nov. 16
- How Desert Bus For Hope Turns The World’s Most Boring Video Game Into An Act Of Charity, Tech Times, Nov. 16
- The Desert Bus Live Stream Is Fundraising for Charity and Offering Awesome Gear, The Mary Sue, Nov. 17
- Watch ‘Desert Bus For Hope’ Play a Bad Game For Charity, Once Again, Wired, Nov. 17
- Gamers Raise Hundreds of Thousands of Dollars a Year by Playing the Worst Video Game Ever Made Smithsonian.Com, Nov. 18
- Victorians play 'world's most boring game' for 7 days straight, CTV News Vancouver Island, Nov. 18
- Big Picture: Boring bus game travels worldwide, Times Colonist, Nov. 20
- Victoria-based fundraiser Desert Bus for Hope raises over $675,000 for children in hospitals, Global News, Nov. 21
- Gamers raise $677,000 for charity in boring-video-game marathon, Times Colonist, Nov. 25
- Desert Bus for Snorsh (parody)
- Desert Bus de l'Espoir (French marathon, inspired by DBfH but not affiliated with it, runs Nov. 20-22)
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