We love you!
and thank you, too!
No, thank you! This was another awesome year!
It amazing! Thank you!
Why you’re very welcome.
No! Thank you!
No, thank you guys.
Well done guys! Here’s to $500,000 next year!
Was great watching you guys again, Looking forward to next year! 😀
Thank you guys for every thing you do. We love you!!!
You’re very welcome all of you.
It’s a lovely thing you do.
Thank you so much! =D
I love you guys and everyone who donated too!
A Jorb Whale Dong!
Thank you guys so much. Just… thanks.
I’m unemployed at the minute and I was quite down about… So being able to watch nearly all of Desert Bus has really lifted my spirits! I couldn’t do much but I was watching! I got a few naps here or there ‘course. I’m glad I got to watch till the end. SO NO! Really THANK YOU very much! You guys are awesome!
NOW GO GET SOME REST!!!!!!
P.S Not gonna lie, I cracked a bit of a leaky eye at the end, especially when Graham started to go.
wait, wait, what’s a blogpost doing without the first post being ‘What is your stance on erotic Star Trek fanfiction?’ my world is crumbling!
What ojii said, you are AWESOME!
No, thank YOU! Seriously! What you have done is beyond words. I have been crying the last hour because of you guys! It’s been years since the last time I cried and I can’t remember the last time it was from being happy.
I stayed up for over 100 hours of this. Thats more time in a week than I’m supposed to be putting into each of my university modules for an entire SEMESTER!
You guys are utterly inspiring. But you’re more than that. You are completely selfless, and humble with it too. I don’t know quite how to express it but watching you lot put yourselves out there made me donate more than I can probably afford, plus I bought the T-shirt AND the poster, I just believe in you guys so much and THANK YOU, again, you have made this week the best and most fun week of this year and I’d say it is one of the most awesome things that I have ever had the chance to witness. I am so proud of what you have done, I think I’m going to cry again.
Here’s for saving up properly for next year and TOTALLY studying Tally’s blog to learn to craft!
Keep bussing you utterly magnificent people!
No, thank YOU for everything you have done;
This has been such a tremendous few days for me, I just love you guys for much!
P.S. TEAM Anthony “Kroze” Kresky for life 😀
Nononono, thank YOU. Ever so much. For not only ALL of the work you do to help the children and to just generally be awesome but also for the best proposal anyone could have and also one that was recorded and put on youtube so I could show people when they asked about it rather than having to deal with all the annoying girly questions asking for every single detail.
(Yes I know I’m a girl, but I just can’t handle all the girly screaming that accompanies engagements – thank you for helping me avoid a lot of that ;))
Yes they did well, now let them get some well deserved sleep.
Well bussed you guys, well bussed!
You (and everyone who watched / donated) has done an awesome job this year! Thank you all!
Thank you for even thinking of doing something this amazing and inspiring. I freely admit to crying while you guys were wrapping up at the end!
Besides the huge amounts you are doing for charity and the utterly engaging and hilarious way in which you do it, it’s really just a pleasure to be able to feel like I’m watching something with -geeks- and be so proud of what we geeks can do.
So thank you. Enjoy your sleep!
But I wasn’t even tired of these motherbussin’ busdrivers on my motherbussin’ bus yet.
Thank you so much for another great Desert Bus. I look forward to many more 1 on 1 QWOP battles (Graham should create a tournament).
Whale dong and well bussed!
No thank you guys, you’ve done an absolutely staggering job Desert Bussing the last 5 year and it has been a utter joy to watch you again.
I too admit (like many comments so far) to tearing up quite badly at the end (Thanks Graham and especially Tally talking about parents.)
I look forward to re-watching the videos over the coming year and watching all the great shows you produce!
PS: Enjoy your WELL earned rest!
Damn these comments need an “edit” function.
I would also like to thank everyone who recorded Db5 and uploaded the videos to youtube, it is incredibly helpfull!
Thanks LRR. You’ve provided us with comedy to brighten our Mondays all year, and now you’ve topped it off with an epic Desert Bus. Well done.
Also I will keep going back to the part where you broke $100,000, when you were still fresh and capable of massive partying. That moment in particular was epic!
And also thank you for introducing me to Big Giant Circles!
I’m not one for crying or even tearing up during emotional moments and even I have to admit to some fluids welling up around my eyeballs at the end.
To be able to witness all the amazing things people have done over the pas 6 days was truly inspiring and I am so glad to have been able to be a part of it. At times you guys made me feel like I was right there with you and the entire chat, and I love that.
After every Desert Bus I walk away feeling that much better about the world and the people in it. Thank you, sincerely.
Thank you LRR and everyone involved in such a huge event. To see such a close-knit group of family and friends is one thing, but to see them all working together and helping each other in something like this, its a really precious thing. I’m deeply inspired by you all and hope someday to find a family and community such as yours which I can be just as warmly a part of. Thank you so much, everyone at LRR and who is a part of Desert Bus. What you all are doing is amazing and I can’t wait for next year.
<3 You all ^_^
Whale Dong one and all!
but you forgot something: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v5e67c9xL1A
I’m not sure how if I can put my feelings into words, but I’ll try.
I’ve slept less this last week than I’ve done in a long time. Late at night when it was time to go to bed, there was just another auction, tempting me to stay up for just another hour. I got up early, every morning, no matter how much I wanted to sleep. Just to be able to see a little bit more of Desert Bus. I haven’t slept at all since yesterday. I’ve currently been awake for 37 hours. Simply because I knew that Desert Bus was ending soon and I wanted to see as much as possible while I still could.
The mere 20 hours that I’ve slept since you started wasn’t quite enough. I’ve been a bit too tired at times this. And I know that there are others who slept even less than me. But everytime I sat down to watch Desert Bus I couldn’t help thinking; “It’s worth it”. What is mere tiredness compared to all the jokes, the challenges, the auctions and everything else that you gave us.
I hope that you feel the same way, now that this years Desert Bus is over. That it was worth it. For friends, for laughter, for QWOP, for DerpLine, for clubings, for Africa and, most of all, for the children. Your gift to them is beyond description.
So on behalf of all the ones who watched, and all the ones that you’ll help, I’d just like to say “Thank you”.
I’m not sure if we can repay you enough, but know that I’ll be there next year, doing whatever I can to help.
No thank you. This is a truly amazing thing you all do and I loved watching it all week. I hope I can donate something for you to auction or give away next year.
No, thank YOU. Great job guys, be proud of yourself and go sleep for a day or two.
I loved every second of it, guys. Thank you.
What an amazing week you’ve provided us with. I’ve been watching from the UK and the time difference (8 hours) has been really painful – we stayed up til 2am to watch the start of Desert Bus and as much of it as we possibly could after that. In total, in between sleeping and being at work I’ve been able to watch around 80 hours of the 150 you presented. Most of that was the surreal-but-awesome early morning shifts (from around 1am to 8am) which was made completely worth it by Derpline and the other recurring features that had me in stitches laughing.
I might never be rich enough to win any auctions outright but I’ll still be donating and watching as much as possible next year. Well dong everyone, and thank YOU for providing such great entertainment for us fellow geeks and doing something amazing for a worthy cause.
Until next year, keep bussin’!
Absolutely awesome, as per usual guys! Keep it up and I shall definitely be tuning in next year! Hopefully, I will win the lottery and be making you drive for a lot longer!!
Now go sleep, you all need it!
Dear Doctors LRR,
This was my 4th year moderating the chat of Desert Bus. Since you brought Kroze on to moderate (and therefore got me in tow)in Desert Bus 2, I’ve felt so privileged to actually have a way to contribute to Desert Bus besides being a chat lurker like I was during the lawless days of DB1. I actually donated ‘substantial’ money for the first time ever this year (besides one or two $5 challenges in past years) in spearheading the now infamous Kroze/Ashton slashfic Group Challenge. I still can’t believe what I was originally intending to be a $400 submission from the DB Chat Survivors turned into a $17,000 challenge. People simply are amazing. But none more so than you.
Sacrificing your time and energy over the past months to put together the amazing call in schedule, the INCREDIBLE craft-along, and those oh so crazy auctions has had to have put a toll on not only your work time but also your personal time. Thousands upon thousands upon thousands watched you for the last 6 1/4 days go mental from sleep deprivation FOR THE CHILDREN and we know we enjoyed every minute of it as much as you did despite all that. From the launching of even more new memes into the pantheon of DB Memes, to seeing old bidding champions return once again (shout out to vxicepickxv… GO ARMY BEAT NAVY), to old DB standby challenges coming back (wharrgarbling, carmeldansen, D&D, etc…), I know the chat was mopping up and loving everything you could throw at it.
I got to see some of my friends back home discover the insanity and addictiveness that is Desert Bus and the sheer joy of them putting aside their own free time to get hooked definitely brought me back to year 1 when we were all new and had no idea what insanity lay ahead. I also got joy from seeing old names crop up back in chat that I hadn’t seen in ages. Its seriously becoming like a group of old friends getting back for a reunion every year but bringing along some new buddies to get in on the fun.
On a more personal note, when I found out about the possibility of being able to receive a volunteer medal for the moderating work I’ve done these past 4 years, I was stoked beyond belief. That ‘stoked-ness’ turned into near tears from me after I saw the “WOAHHHHH” reaction from everyone in the room after Kroze brought up the fact I will be possibly able to receive a medal for my time spent moderating the chat. You guys all but tripping over each other to offer to write recommendation letters on my behalf was truly truly touching to me. Its been my honor to have had your trust these last 4 DBFH to moderate your live chat as a way for me to provide some sort of tangible support for your most noble of causes: sacrificing your sanity and free time to raise money for sick children all over the US and Canada. I salute you all and you have no idea how much I am looking forward to next year.
I’ve already started the ball rolling on getting leave approved to let me come up to Victoria for Desert Bus 6: [Insert name here] if you’ll have me. Next on my to do list for this is find my gorram passport!
And lastly to the citizens of the chat, thank you… thank you SO much for all the support and kind words doled out to me in terms of my current situation and location in the world thanks to my job. Seriously if there is one thing I could have you, the denizens of the chat who read this, do over the next year would be this: go out and find some way to give back to your community to make it a better place or go become a penpal or help support a soldier deployed overseas with letters, care packages, and encouragement. You really have no idea just how much it means to us to know people back home, whether they’re from the US, Canada, Great Britain, Australia, or wherever else has sent their sons and daughters into the line of fire, care about us out here. You may not agree with why we’re over here in the first place, but please, realize that we’re just out here doing a job halfway around the world from home and that most of us just can’t wait to get back to see friends and family again.
To wrap it all up, EVERYONE, thank you so much for brightening the last week or so of my deployment. Now what the heck am I gonna do with my free time for the next year?!?
-SPC Ian Dixon
OEF 11-12, Afghanistan
PS. I’M NOTCHICUS
PPS. Always stay after the credits (Slapsgiving): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ShBCrrAI9as
Thank you all for the fun, love, and support you show the gamer community each and every year. This was one of the most fun DBs ever for me. I’ll need to manage my vacation time a bit better next year to have some serious time off to watch.
I won one of the Great Big Circles albums, OMG it’s amazing! Thank you so much! I never would have known about this artist otherwise. ^__^
PS. That post from Dix is making me tear up.
Thank you, Drs. LRR. This was my first Desert Bus (I’d been aware of it before but never actually watched live until 5) and it literally took over my life for the last week; I probably got as little sleep as you, but it was so much fun. Such a great idea and each one of you is awesome for devoting so much time to making this work.
To fill the complete lack of anything fun happening now that DB is over, I’m going to try to get some momentum on a spin-off in Cambridge, UK. It’ll be much smaller as we don’t have your established fanbase, but we have to start somewhere.
Again, thank you so much.
– Malcolm (malc in chat)
PS. When BidBot v1 was suffering, I offered a free dedicated server. That offer stands semi-indefinitely. I’m a system administrator and I run a small hosting business; if there’s anything techie I can do for you — server admin, coding, chat stuff, video editing, whatever — just drop me a line.
I think everyone will agree this was an unforgettable event which kept many of us awake late into the night (or into the early morning). I personally will never forget this, as it was my first Desert Bus (finally). Even though I couldn’t donate more than about $6 due to how little money I had, I felt honoured to be able to do so, after all the hard work that LRR and the others put into making Desert Bus possible.
I stayed up so long watching these that at one point, I’d even dream of being able to make large donations and watching their faces light up. Heck, after Desert Bus was over, and I had a good cry along with everyone else as the emotions flowed freely, I watched the feed for a while longer, daring to hope for a bit more.
To everyone who donated more (and some gave far more than I thought possible), a very heartfelt thank you. This was an amazing week, and I look forwards to Desert Bus 6. Maybe I’ll be able to join in the chat next year, and even donate a bit more, too.
You guys are just bussing awesome. I’ll say “You’re welcome” for us being so awesome to donate, but I’ll also say “Thank YOU” for giving us this amazing event to share the awesomeness with you. You couldn’t have done it without us donating, but we couldn’t have done it without your inspiration and support.
— Michael James Moore (Admiral Memo)
Thank you DB and everyone that made DB possible and so successful. If I wasn’t working or getting a bit of sleep I was watching you guys laughing the entire time except for a bit of crying with a few of the letters. For the 150.5 hours you bussed and the 100 more I’ll probably spend watching youtube videos Thanks again.
For the Children
For the Viewers
We love you and can’t wait till next year.
Thank you for making Desert Bus truly a thing that happened, yet again! It was absolutely a blast. The crew, the sponsors, the guests, the audience; Everything just worked.
I miss you guys already and hope to see you again next year!
Going into Desert Bus 5, I was hoping that the ground would be as thick with snow as it was last year. While that likely would have helped keep the Moonbase a bit cooler, I’m kind of glad that didn’t happen, as if it had I probably wouldn’t have been able to come out in person for even as long as I did. It was awesome to see the setup in person, even more awesome to see a challenge I thought up be carried out with such glee, and yet more awesome still that I was actually able to donate this year, for the first time ever. I took the week off so that I could watch, so my next paycheck is going to be a bit miniscule, but starting with the one immediately following that I’m going to begin setting money aside for next year.
Thank you guys for an absurd amount of entertainment this year – and for each previous year, too. In a lot of ways, Desert Bus is better than Christmas, and it’s downright fantastic to have it to look forward to. Next year, I hope I can contribute more than just a little money to this incredible event.
Thank you so much! You guys have done amazing things for the children. I’m so happy I was able to contribute this year. Miss you guys already. =)
Seriously guys we should be thanking you!
This has been an amazing experience to share with you all. I didn’t think it could get any better after last year but god I was wrong, you guys pulled out all the stops and then some, making all the sleep deprivation worth it (53 hours awake and counting) In the UK here so the time difference was unhelpful but it was worth staying up, that said, the early morning shifts are just as good as the afternoon. It’s amazing how you’ve managed to get such a huge group of people who all care about the cause and be willing to do what you do, and it just keeps getting bigger and better, I agree with everyone else the end had me tearing up too (also Dix’s post).
Also you have somehow managed to make writing three essays this week really enjoyable and for that I am hugely grateful.
I’ll be tuning in next year! For the children and the QWOP! (seriously though the QWOP was brilliant)
Cambridge, huh? Let me know if you’re interested in setting something up with other European fans. Maybe I can contribute (:
PS: All the best to you, Dix!
This is my favorite charity drive, and you are some of my favorite people I’ve never met. I am pleased and proud to have been part of your art by obligating you to do it a little while longer. I will wear my Desert Bus for Hope shirt with pride in the coming year – and I have some ideas to participate in the Craft-Along for next time. Plan for a whole week guys – the number of donors and the amount of donations isn’t going to get smaller next year! (It’s my personal goal to point enough people to you that the 1.2 million dollars to get you going for 168 hours isn’t out of reach)
Anytime folks,can’t wait till next year keep on bussing!!
Cheers from Ontario, and may you rest and whargarbl well over the next few days!
Iffin you do read this I thought you should know something special. I’ve been struggling with weightloss and your podcasts help me when I work out. Bought that Desert Bus shirt in an XL because I’ve lost nearly 70 pounds with your help. Just thought you should know you’re helping the adults too!
Thank you guys. You guys are fantatic, and I cannot wait to see you guys at PAX East.
Too tempting to make this a long gushing post, but I shall reign it in and keep it short,
thank you LRR for organising this, you are some of the best people around.
Thank you for 150 hours of awesome.
You guys rock.
To the entire DB team, it is so rare to find an event as selfless as this event that it comes like a glass of cool water down a parched throat. Therein lies the secret to why we’re all so happy to give.
I found my attention held captive by DB5 all the way out here in Ethiopia and when people would ask why I seemed distracted, it gave me an opportunity to explain the insanity. I would then watch as they would pause to take in the sheer scope of the project and walk away flabbergasted.
You guys epitomize the meaning of self-sacrifice for the betterment of others. During these last 6 1/4 days you guys gave it your all through each performance, challenge, interview, etc. All the while you have the simplicity of the game, Desert Bus, to keep the show moving forward. The earnestness of the participants touches something in all of us to reach deep inside and give in ways both big and small because we know /this means something/.
So I want to say Thank You for hosting this event – for giving us something to watch when all our friends and family are fast asleep. For highlighting the importance of life through absurd moments of awesome.
Keep on busing!
Congratulations to all of you on another fabulous year. You guys are wonderful and continue every year to make this event better then ever, Desert bus for Hope wouldn’t be half as great without all the effort and energy you put into every moment, not only during the livestream but the hours of work before and after as well. Your hard work paid off in a great way for the children and I hope you know how amazing all of you are for creating and running Desert Bus for Hope for five years and counting. Congratulations again on a job well done.
The thanks in the last hour really brought home how much of a logistical nightmare this thing is. You guys are so amazing for handling it every year without going insane. Congratulations and thank you for another superlative year!
– Formica (occasionally known has “Wheeeeeeeee” in the chat).
Thank you so much for all of the hard work you guys do to pull this event off every year. You really do a great job of keeping us entertained. I know that I’m not the only one who finds it hard to go to sleep instead of continuing to watch the stream. The interaction in the chat is fantastic. I’ve never had such an exciting experience as slugging it out on IRC trying to win items. I know from first hand experience that the work Child’s Play does is incredibly important and am glad that you provide a fun environment for people to give. I can’t wait to see how much you are able to raise next year.
Every second was worth more than anything we could have offered. I will never forget this. Thank you guys so much. This is why you are amongst my favourite people in the world.
<3 LOADING READY RUN
Seriously, like everybody else has said, thank YOU guys. You’re an incredible group of people to have organized this. Although I didn’t have as much time to watch this year as previous, I still managed to tune in to the ending, which I worked up enough nerve to share with my boyfriend. It was great, and quite touching. Every year it feels like spending time with good friends, even if none of us may know one another. It’s honestly a feeling I’m sure I’ll remember for a very long time.
So, thank you. So very much. For being such great people, and for having such impossibly large hearts. You’re all wonderful. <3
Such a wonderful event.
So many cheers, joys and emotional moments.
Little sleep and knock-out bids.
The thank you speeches, oh lord I was in tears the whole time.
To past, present and future bussing!
No, as the rest of the world has said, thank you! I could not watch as much as I wanted to, as I did have to work this week, but what I did see was so much fun! I cannot wait until next year .. I’ll have money then I wish you good sleeps and much rest… I’m totally crafting someting next year for you, Tally!
Seriously, thank *you*! What you all do for this event is amazing! This year was incredible to watch! Congratulations on all your hard work paying off FOR THE CHILDREN!
Being able to contribute through Craft-A-Long was such a privilege and I am already looking forward to next year
I’d never even heard about Desert Bus or LRR until Wednesday, and decided to take a look a few days ago. To see you guys taking out so much time to a) play a really crappy game, and b) make things fun for the viewers was so invigorating that I abandoned almost every other task I had to do (including getting groceries for Thanksgiving dinner) and stayed up way too late, running only on Dr. Pepper and adrenaline, in order not to miss a single moment.
I watched, I laughed, I donated, and I got hooked. I can’t wait for Desert Bus 6. I even hope to be able to send something in for the Craft-Along. (I’ve also started watching LRR videos. You guys are amazing.)
So thank you, you bussing wonderful people. (And thank you to the people who put up all the hijinks on YouTube so I can see everything I missed.) Lots of less-than-three from your newest fan.
Oh, and Team Creepy Doll.
LRR and the Desert Bus for Hope Crew,
Thank you so much for doing this.
Thank you very much for entertaining us while we pelted money at you to fuel your agony. However this year I was only able to watch an hour in total due to my horrific stream rate, I will be predating upload clips this year as soon as they exist.
Last year’s which I was fortunate to witness the vast majority due to uni hall internetness was epic. I can only imagine how much awsomer this year was. Despite the little I watched, I was thinking of you guys a lot and wished you well.
Perhaps next year my bandwidth will be more generous.
As Always a Great Fun Time. You guys do so much good and it is always a blast to support a wonderful charity. See you all NEXT YEAR!
Thank you lrr.
Just thank you.
You have accomplished so much.
And it is only year 5.
I think that’s the most incredible part.
In 5 years with nothing but a terrible game you have become a source of hope and inspiration.
Even if you never earned another dollar for the children,
your impact cannot be measured at $821,887.01.
Your impact cannot be measured.
So thanks, for everything.
Just in case someone wants this for archival purposes. This link is to the crew singing Log Driver’s Waltz.
Thank you guys
It was very entertaining to watch & half the time I couldn’t stop watching. I can’t wait until next year! I still keep wanting to shout AFRICAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA.
No no… thank all of you for your support your donations and your spirit. Can hardly wait to see what the LRR crew does next year. Love always, the chat’s mom
NO! THANK! YOU! You guys are awesome for what you’re doing. Can’t wait for DBVI. … for real… thank you.
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