November 4, 2014, 5:00 pm
Posted by: Kara

Fort Tectoria

We are pleased to announce that this year we will be partnering with VIATeC, the Victoria Advanced Technology Council, to broadcast Desert Bus for Hope 8 from their shiny, new facility, Fort Tectoria, in downtown Victoria. For our purposes, this space will be known as the Lunar Module.

Long have we lamented the smells, cold, and crampedness of the Moonbase come Desert Bus time, as we try to cram our small army of volunteers and mini-Everest of prizes into what is essentially a two bedroom apartment. While she has served us well, and though she continues to be an excellent home for LoadingReadyRun, she has grown weary of our presence and has thus birthed the Lunar Module. The Lunar Module comes equipped with such high class amenities as a fridge and heat. (This is actually a really big deal!)

No more will our Zeta shifters go hungry because we couldn’t store enough food in our tiny, tiny fridge.

No more will our beautiful songs be interrupted by the melodic flush from upstairs. (Though, I’m sure that will disappoint some of you. You people confuse me.)

No more will the sobs of our neighbours drown out the sounds of a 3am shout-fest with Toto.

Check out the Lunar Module!

Shaw Conference Room 1This space will be our on-camera space, but expect it to look a lot different once we are done with it.

Event Hall 1There is also a large off-camera work area for bloggers, Event Managers, and other desk-workers.

The downstairs also includes plenty of space for prizes, shipping, food storage and prep.


VIATeC serves as the one-stop hub that connects people, knowledge and resources to grow and promote the Greater Victoria technology sector. Fort Tectoria is VIATeC’s latest initiative to support the growth of the tech sector. It provides affordable space to local tech companies that require flexible terms and recognize the value of being close to other entrepreneurs and innovators on a daily basis.

We are very grateful for VIATeC’s generosity in opening up their Fort Tectoria space to us.

Yes, we will bring over costumes and props from the Moonbase.

24 Comments on “Introducing the Lunar Module!”

  1. Oh wow! More places to put more cameras!

    By Firefury Amahira - November 4th, 2014 5:45 pm
  2. I’m going to miss the “homemade” aspect that DB8 will lose by moving to a new location, but I know this is for the best. Can’t wait to see what happens this year!

    By middlegirl - November 4th, 2014 5:52 pm
  3. Oooh what will replace the flush counter in this year’s wacky mayhem?!

    By Momo - November 4th, 2014 5:54 pm
  4. Looks great. :)
    I’m looking forward to seeing what you do with the place.

    By Robo4900 - November 4th, 2014 6:05 pm
  5. Shiny.

    I’m positive about this move. This is Desert Bus for Hope Freakin’ 8. And every single year, you guys bring it. You bring it so hard that the whole bus shakes.

    But, you know, stuff has to change, or it stagnates. Change is not always bad: it can be refreshing. This is just another sign that Desert Bus isn’t just going through the motions but growing, changing, and becoming better with each year. I was already looking forward to DB8—and now that anticipation has only increased as I contemplate how you will use the new space for extra awesomeness.

    By Ben Babcock - November 4th, 2014 6:06 pm
  6. Awesome digs… I will miss the “homemade” aspect as well, but at least your call-ins won’t say “Why is this being filmed in someone’s closet?” anymore. 😀

    By Admiral Memo - November 4th, 2014 6:24 pm
  7. I am looking forward to the future and growth of Desert Bus but as has been said I fear a loss of the homemade feel.

    Also will you guys be bringing all your costumes and props with you? Without them we’d lose a lot of potential great challenge moments.

    By Lord Wolfwood - November 4th, 2014 7:02 pm
  8. That looks like an amazing space for Desert Bus. I can’t wait to see what you do with it.

    By Mike Smith - November 4th, 2014 7:16 pm
  9. I like

    By Chris Usher - November 4th, 2014 10:18 pm
  10. I approve of exploring new areas of the moon. This will also make it easier to remember what happens at DB8 because it will look different to the last 4 years.

    By SilPho - November 4th, 2014 11:53 pm
  11. I love how the site has green panels, white walls/ceiling and gray floors; giving it a very moon base vibe.

    By Snowman - November 5th, 2014 12:27 am
  12. You know…. maybe they can greenscreen those wall panels to look like they’re windows looking out at the moon. XD

    By Firefury Amahira - November 5th, 2014 2:01 am
  13. Well I know DB will be awesome no matter what, but change is scary! What will happen to the couches? Will the couches be there at least? Will someone please think of the couches!? :)

    By Nojh - November 5th, 2014 5:34 am
  14. Honestly I will miss the flushes. lol

    It is awesome though, glad you guys have a bigger space, heat, and a fridge!

    By ScottD - November 5th, 2014 11:08 am
  15. Will the engineering team still be on-screen and part of the fun?? I like it guys – bigger and better every year!!!

    By Alex Hopper - November 5th, 2014 12:35 pm
  16. Love the new space, but how many Bothans died to secure it for the children?

    By Ub3r d00d - November 5th, 2014 2:24 pm
  17. One step closer to an actual moonbase on the moon!

    By All Mankind - November 5th, 2014 3:26 pm
  18. I’m going to miss the cozy feel but this will lead to massive antics I feel.

    By Lord_rakdos - November 5th, 2014 3:28 pm
  19. So we all know what this means – new space, new records to break.

    Let’s hit 1 Mil!!!

    By Senstaku - November 5th, 2014 8:47 pm
  20. I hate change but what must be done, must be done. I hope DB8 has a super year this year and things continue to grow.

    One concern though. Their calendar does not show DB8 as being there and they have other events scheduled during DB8. I hope nothing collides or events cross paths unexpectedly.

    By Miach - November 6th, 2014 8:05 am
  21. WE’RE MOVING UP IN SPACE [get it space, as in room size and space as in…forget it]!

    By Shin - November 6th, 2014 11:54 pm
  22. No no no. Not Desk-Worker, they are Keyboard Warriors,

    By thegeek - November 7th, 2014 12:03 am
  23. I am some what interested as to how this will work.
    with regards to the other events at the viatec, could you imagine the chaos that would ensew if the ‘how to conduct a sales pitch’ folk rock up and Alex is in the middle of a game of Kitty.

    By nanobis - November 8th, 2014 6:16 pm
  24. According to the pictures and writeup on the ViaTec website, as well as the online newspaper articles that came up, Fort Tectoria appears to be a four story building owned in its entirety by ViaTec. I could be mistaken, of course – my research was only cursory – and it would seem that they have plenty of space to hold multiple events simultaneously.

    By Atifexe - November 8th, 2014 6:32 pm
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