Desert Bus Begins Tonight on a Road Paved With Loot

Desert Bus Begins Tonight on a Road Paved With Loot

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Desert Bus for Hope is kicking off its sixth year with more virtual driving, celebrity call-ins, and amazing auctions than you can shake a stick at.

The action begins 9pm Pacific time Friday, November 16th, and will go on for hours, days, even weeks, depending on the donations. For the more detail oriented, you can check out how the driving time correlates to the donation amount at the bottom of this page You can also see our Escapist call-in schedule here.

Last year, Desert Bus for Hope raised over $380,000 for Child's Play charity, which makes for some pretty big shoes to fill this year. Since its inception, Desert Bus has raised over $825,000, which puts them on track for breaking the $1 million mark this year!

In addition to all the auctions and live giveaways, for every Publisher's Club Membership purchased throughout the event, The Escapist will donate $10. This year, we are upping the ante by giving away prizes to Pub Club Members once the Bus has parked for the year, as our way of saying "Thank You" for supporting a great cause. Check out the gallery below to see all the awesome swag you could get your hands on, donated by the wonderful Desert Bus craft-along donors and our friends over at Ultimate Comics

Don't forget to peruse the full list of auctions to get your fill of the best concentration of nerdgasam-inducing window shopping here. To participate in the Desert Bus live auctions, you will need to sign up as a donor first, which you can do right here. Overwhelmed and don't know where to start? My personal favorites include the Duct Tape Deck Box w/ Unstoppable Tiny Myr Army Tokens, Ferdinand the Wee Chocobo and the Limbo inspired painting "Substructure." While you're at it, don't miss out on The Escapist's "So You Want To Be a Games Journalist" bundle, which includes a Duke Nukem's Balls of Steel, a satin silver PS3 dual shock controller, and exclusive reviewer kits.

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Can't wait! Unfortunately it doesn't kick off until it's 5am here in the UK so I shall be sleeping when it begins :(

Desert bus is incredible. If you enjoy the Loading Ready Run videos even a little bit, you will love it. It will steal massive portions of your holiday week. ENJOY!

Andy Shandy:
Can't wait! Unfortunately it doesn't kick off until it's 5am here in the UK so I shall be sleeping when it begins :(

I'm in the same boat bus here. But chances are the start will be recorded and put on youtube at some point by someone. I sure hope so anyway. Damn time zones

Yeah, I'll be sleeping as well when it starts but I do really want to see the beginning. Maybe I'll do the unthinkable and actually wake up early on a weekend.

Well there goes my weekend :(

It doesn't start until 9 PM Pacific, not Eastern.

Well, didn't plan on sleeping tonight, so the LRR crew shall keep me company!

UK time is going to be a bitch (again) for Desert Bus.

It's 5AM here and I'm feelin fine! XD

*Grabs popcorn and stays tuned* I'm so ready for this. God bless you guys of the Escapist Nation!!
Just make sure to use the restrooms before you take the trip. I learned that the hard way on a 20 hour trip to Idaho.

I've been watching desert bus for the first time ever XD great so far.

how do i become part of the chat?

I've been watching it for the first time too. The mayonnaise incident was hilarious.
Shame I can't join the chat though, it breaks my browser (Firefox) when I try join it due to the sheer number of posts and people.

zeekyle:
how do i become part of the chat?

All you have to do is go to http://www.desertbus.org/live/chat and type in a user name. After that, BAM! You're in :)

Arakasi:
I've been watching it for the first time too. The mayonnaise incident was hilarious.
Shame I can't join the chat though, it breaks my browser (Firefox) when I try join it due to the sheer number of posts and people.

I can recommend the chatzilla add-on to Firefox. It works fine.

*wishes I could donate*

Arakasi:
I've been watching it for the first time too. The mayonnaise incident was hilarious.
Shame I can't join the chat though, it breaks my browser (Firefox) when I try join it due to the sheer number of posts and people.

And it is now forever saved in a gif

As Graham put it Cam went through every stage apart from acceptance.

There is a typo on the "So you want to be game's journalist" description, it reads "Duke Dukem's Balls of Steel".

I don't know this Duke Dukem fellow but he sounds a lot more refined than that Duke Nukem.

Arakasi:
I've been watching it for the first time too. The mayonnaise incident was hilarious.
Shame I can't join the chat though, it breaks my browser (Firefox) when I try join it due to the sheer number of posts and people.

s0osleepie:

zeekyle:
how do i become part of the chat?

All you have to do is go to http://www.desertbus.org/live/chat and type in a user name. After that, BAM! You're in :)

If the site chat is not working for you (it surely doesn't work for me), you can connect to the chat server using any IRC program or browser addon (like the chatzilla already mentioned). The server is irc.desertbus.org with port 6667 (standard port for IRC servers). Just pick a nickname and connect, and you're in chat.

So that was a thing that happened. Whale Plaid.

 

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