October 25th, 2016 5:25 pm
Posted by: Kara

Desert Bus Cross Stitch Sampler

Created & Donated by Sarah Overall

Commemorate ten whole years of Desert Bus madness with this hand-made, cross stitched sampler. Featuring a popular meme from each year of the fundraiser (plus a few extras), now you can be nostalgic for past Desert Buses all year round rather than just in November. The piece also doubles as a handy reference guide: Did Paul really shave his beard all the way back in DB2? What year did the doge overlay happen? How much money did DB4 raise? Now you won’t have to guess anymore!

This piece has been custom framed in conservation masterpiece acrylic, which is lightweight and shatterproof. It has UV protection, reduces reflections, and doesn’t attract dust. From left to right, top to bottom (roughly), the memes are:

DB1: Is it safe?

DB2: Paul shaves his beard after the DB1 donation total is passed

DB3: Caramelldansen! So much dansen.

DB4: The tradition of “taking people to the store” begins

DB5: Play Minecraft, watch Top Gear, get pig

DB6: Whale plaid!

DB7: The overlay is taken over by doge-speak

DB8: Matt makes a splash in the Bus King Pageant

DB9: Frank the puppet stands in for Bill when he’s unable to attend

This project is a result of roughly 180 hours of work and an enormous amount of love. Special thanks to the Video Strike Team, Andrew Ferguson, and the people who run the Desert Bus wiki for their fantastic documentation and archives, and to Featherweight for designing Bus King Matt and for his feedback.

About the Artist:
Sarah has been a crafter since her early teens and a geek since she learned how to read, so it was only a matter of time till she found a way to combine the two. She mostly works with embroidery, but has also learned crochet (inspired by other people’s amazing Desert Bus donations) and likes to dabble in other crafts. Sarah also works as an editor, where she gets to be a geek about the English language. This is her seventh year contributing to the craft-along and her ninth watching Desert Bus.

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October 23rd, 2016 10:53 am
Posted by: Kara

You Are Now Earthbound Backpack

Donated by Fangamer


From Fangamer’s You Are Now Earthbound Kickstarter, we have a special pack of awesome Earthbound goodies! This backpack and its handy adventuring contents were exclusively available through a high-level support tier for the Kickstarter. This is a special sneak peak at what’s inside these packs…

The set centers around a cheerful yellow backpack, which is filled with ephemera from an Eagleland vacation (hotel slippers, postcard, trading cards…). Of especially beautiful and critical world-saving note is the blue Sound Stone! Take this backpack with you on your own Eagleland adventures and continue filling it with mementos.

The backpack, originally exclusive to Kickstarter backers, will be available at in the future – they are still working on some further items to be added to the final product. In the meantime though, if you missed out on the Kickstarter this is your one place to get a backpack and start filling it with your own Eagleland treasures, so don’t hesitate to try and get your hands on it!

About the Sponsor:
Fangamer offers wonderful geeky clothing, art, and household goods of high quality and beautiful design. They are longtime supporters of Desert Bus for Hope, and are the skillful creative force behind the annual Desert Bus t-shirts and the Desert Bus Documentary Kickstarter shirts.

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October 21st, 2016 5:47 pm
Posted by: Kara

Driver Schedule for Desert Bus 10

This year we’ve moved back to 12 hour shifts for extended discomfort and fatigue and we’ve got some shared shifts – but don’t be fooled! They’re not easier. Both drivers will be on camera the entire time, even if they’re not driving. All times listed in Pacific Standard Time.

Click on each driver’s name to learn a little more about them or see all profiles on our drivers page.

Ladies and gentlemen, start your engines.

Saturday, November 12
10am – 10pm: James Turner James
10pm – 10am: Jeremy Petter Jeremy
Sunday, November 13
10am – 10pm: Matt Wiggins Matt Tally Heilke Tally
10pm – 10am: Liz Smith Liz Tara Theoharis Tara
Monday, November 14
10am – 10pm: Kathleen De Vere Kathleen
10pm – 10am: Ashton Cummings Ashton Jamie Dillion Jamie
Tuesday, November 15
10am – 10pm: Kara McLachlan Kara Kate Watt Kate Watt
10pm – 10am: Ian Horner Ian Alex Steacy Alex
Wednesday, November 16
10am – 10pm: Graham Stark Graham
10pm – 10am: Cameron Lauder Cameron
Thursday, November 17
10am – 10pm: Ash Vickers Ash Ashley Turner Ashley
10pm – 10am: Brendan Dery Beej Johnny Blakeborough Johnny
Friday, November 18
10am – 10pm: Paul Saunders Paul
October 17th, 2016 5:23 pm
Posted by: Kara

Mega Man Replica Helmet

Donated by Joe Worm

Made by Capcom and worn by the coolest of Mega Man fans, this helmet is the thing you longed for as a child, when you cut out one side of a cardboard box, coloured it blue and ran around the house in search of Energy Tanks. You did do that, right? That… that wasn’t just us?

The helmet comes with soft padding so you can adjust it to better fit your head. The crest of the helmet opens to take batteries that light up the side panels. Yes, it lights up! The lawyerly instructions included with the helmet make clear that it is neither a safety item nor a toy, but we all know that’s categorically untrue. It will keep you safe from ever being as un-awesome as those who do not own such a helmet, and it is very clearly something for play and fun and imagination – ie: a toy. So let that inner child out and make it giddily, crazily happy with this fantastic Mega Man helmet!


  • Highly polished ABS plastic
  • (2) AA batteries for LED lights
  • Interior helmet soft padding


  • 14″ tall x 11″ wide
  • Weight: 3 lbs
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October 15th, 2016 5:27 pm
Posted by: Kara

Desert Bus Cat Cube

Created & Donated by Flailsquared

Prize photos by Stephen Schmidt

Celebrate 10 years of Desert Bus with a one-of-a-kind plush cat bed! Everyone knows that Desert Bus is the best time of the year, but you may not have realized how much your cat loves it too. It only makes sense though – during Desert Bus their favorite human is always around the house, everyone keeps strange hours and only takes brief cat naps, and there are plenty of opportunities for pets and couch cuddles. With a subtle blue and yellow exterior and a full reproduction of the Desert Bus logo on the interior, this cat cube is a great reminder of the amazing experience that is Desert Bus.

Blizzard fleece, ribbon, and 1″ HD36-R foam.

The cube measures ~17″ on all sides.

About the Artist:
Lauren has been sewing since she was 7 and now focuses mostly on cosplay and cat-based crafts. Her two cats are deeply offended every time she makes a bed that they can’t sleep in, despite the fact that they already have cubes made specifically for them. This is her 4th year contributing to the Craft-Along.

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