November 19, 2021, 6:14 am
Posted by: Matthews

We’ve sang, we’ve danced, we went to a bunny museum, and we found out who, indeed, was that Animorphs. But all good things must come to an end. And in this case, the good thing is Zeta. Well, unless donations get real, real wild. So let’s just assume that this is the last Zeta. And here’s what happened.


Moon’s Haunted.

We learned a little about Beej and Heather’s wedding

The final entry in the Kindness War, prior to the Omega cease fire:

If Loading Ready Run did a heist, would they do it like this, or like this?

Zeta is still working on being Drift Compatible, but we’re getting there. …On the last shift.

Beej and Mike set up a little surprise…

And that’s all they wrote.

Zeta is a weird and wonderful shift. And I wouldn’t have it any other way. Have a wonderful rest of the run, throw up a ‘Z’ (left hand over right!), and hang out with us for the rest of Omega!!!!!

November 19, 2021, 4:42 am
Posted by: Matthews

wrist warmers

When is a pair of gloves not a pair of gloves? When they’re wrist warmers! No fingers, no fuss. The latest in post apocalyptic and fantasy chic. They can be worn on their own or over a thin pair of gloves for extra warmth.

These wrist warmers were made with Limited Edition “Omega” yarn, hand dyed by Schmutzerella Yarns in 2019 and sold in support of Desert Bus that year. They feature a cable pattern enclosing an omega symbol made from glittery felt. The design was adapted from my favourite wrist warmer pattern by Claire Compton and the original can be found in “The Knitter’s Bible: Knitted Accessories”.

They should be hand-washed to preserve the softness and colour of the yarn, and washed separately from other items to avoid dye transfer.

Sign up for or log in to your Donor Account, then donate $5.55 (or multiples thereof) for a chance to win this prize. We’ll run this giveaway until 5:40am PST.
November 19, 2021, 3:04 am
Posted by: Matthews


This lot contains two Secret Lair drops from two master artists. Artist Series: Seb Mckinnon features the cards Damnation, Enchanted Evening, Sower of Temptation, and a Swamp in Seb McKinnon’s signature creepy yet beautiful style. The flavour text also features a poem written by Seb’s brother, Liam. This pack is non-foil. Full Sleeve: The Tattoo Pack features art from Josh Howard, rendering the cards Spell Pierce, Blood Artist, Eternal Witness, Pithing Needle and Inkmoth Nexus in traditional flash sheet designs (foil).
Sign up for or log in to your Donor Account, then donate $8.33 (or multiples thereof) for a chance to win this prize. We’ll run this giveaway until 4:30am PST.


November 19, 2021, 1:30 am
Posted by: Matthews

double masters

Twice the rares, twice the fun! Double Masters introduced a new twist on the Masters set: each booster pack contains two rares or mythic rares. But the VIP Edition is no mere booster pack. Each VIP edition contains 33 cards and 2 foil tokens. The cards include two rare or mythic cards with borderless art only found in the VIP Edition. It also contains two other foil rares or mythics, 8 foil uncommons, 9 foil commons, 10 full art basic lands, and 2 foil full art basic lands.
Sign up for or log in to your Donor Account, then donate $8.33 (or multiples thereof) for a chance to win this prize. We’ll run this giveaway until 3am PST.


November 19, 2021, 12:12 am
Posted by: Soraya

During the final Night Watch of 2021, we all – together, chat and crew and everyone who’s come along for any part of this wild ride – we ALL reached the amazing milestone of $8 MILLION raised over the lifetime of Desert Bus for Hope!

Ben, with a Star Trek engineering deck behind him, rolls up close to the camera. He looks up at the ceiling and mouths

Graham dances, waving his arms back and forth as lights flash blue in the moonbase.

Opening Credits

Special thanks to dostrow_ whose $20,000 winning bid on the pair of Mass Effect guns got our evening off to a high octane start, and heronblademaster who donated $4,626 to cross the final threshold to this incredible milestone.

Thanks to everyone’s combined efforts and support, we have achieved what some thought impossible. Yes, that’s right. The Q judged us ferior.

Andrew, dressed in voluminous red and black robes with black mortarboard cap, looks calmly at Ian. Ian, dressed in his red Star Tre uniform, startles as he realizes the Q is standing next to him.

The crew of the USS Tucson very much enjoyed getting visits from special guests, like Ensign Matt from the runabout Duck Creek.

Matt is dressed in a red Starfleet uniform with the inside of a runabout as background.

Admittedly, we got a little frightened when Matt threatened to arrest us for illegal weapons sales. Us? The crew of the USS Tucson? Why, we are perfect angels who would never engage in illegal weapons sales!

Max walks on-screen in their red ensign's uniform, holding a giant assault rifle from Mass Effect. They're grinning broadly as they pose it for the camera.

And we DEFINITELY wouldn’t do it again tomorrow.

Erika smiles at the camera, holding a giant 50 pound Buster Sword on her shoulders.

…Moving on. We also got a power Serge via the Telepresence Robot. Serge was an expert at piloting the robot.

Left-to-Right: Andrew, the Telepresence Robot (with Serge on screen), and Ian. The robot reaches a hand into the CRT monitor on their head at the exact same moment that Serge lifts a hand to wipe his nose.

Plus, Ensign Ben FINALLY found his way back to the USS Tucson today, which meant that Ben and Serge were able to reunite!

A human being wearing a red jumpsuit with an old CRT television on their head leans down towards Ben. On the CRT screen, we can see Serge's face. Ben leans forward to meet the robot and he and Serge kiss, after which the robot wriggles excitedly.

All in all, a truly heartwarming night! We were in such a good mood that we didn’t even blow up Zeta today. After a full week of destructive loops, we realized that together, we could make this the best timeline!

An actual Star Trek: The Next Generation clip. Picard and Data are discussing something seriously in the foreground, when behind them Geordi and Worf suddenly high-five. Troi struggles not to laugh.

If you want to commemorate the antics of the USS Tucson and its crew, you can buy the USS Tucson playmat or poster! Proceeds go to Child’s Play.

November 19, 2021, 12:06 am
Posted by: Matthews


In Idol Manager, you take on the role of a manager at a small, but growing, talent agency, where it’s your job to cultivate and train the newest generation of pop stars. But to make it in the hyper-competitive talent business, you’ll need to deal with crises, manage relationships, and grow your fanbase. Hire and train staff to support your agency, and discover substories that have serious effects on the success of your franchise.

This prize lot features a digital copy of the game Idol Manager, as well as a signed CD of music from Idol Manager! The CD has been signed by Kamen Joshi, a long-standing female idol group featured in the game.

Sign up for or log in to your Donor Account, then donate $5.55 (or multiples thereof) for a chance to win this prize. We’ll run this giveaway until 1:45am PST.

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November 18, 2021, 9:34 pm
Posted by: Soraya

Keep it secret, keep it safe – whatever “it” is for you, you can be sure it will be well guarded in this Dwarven Coffer.

A bluish gray box with gleaming silver panels. The panels have each been intricately carved with runes and symbols. There is a key inserted into the box.

Crafted from bonded stone and set with intricately-detailed Khuzdul wards on cold-cast bronze plates, this might coffer is fit for the safekeeping of your most precious treasures. The interior space measures 9cm deep x 17cm wide x 7cm tall to let you store SO many shinies.

Donate $6.51 or multiples thereof before 11:00pm PT for a chance to win this literal treasure box! Plus, you’ll automatically be entered for a chance to win a Desert Bus T-shirt from Night Watch tonight at 11:45pm PT!

November 18, 2021, 8:41 pm
Posted by: Soraya

We’re coming down to the wire and this is your last chance to snag a (physical) item from the silent auctions at Desert Bus for Hope. Let’s take a look at this dragon’s hoard of precious gems!

Fairytale Dragon

An intricately stitched purple dragon perches on top of a bookshelf shaped like an armchair. The dragon is wearing spectacles and reading from a book with a threaded key hanging from it as a bookmark.

Read any good books lately? This dragon has. He’s made up of 24,000+ stitches, which is probably just half as many books as he owns, and comes on an 8×10″ cloth ready for framing. Just make sure you handle with care: he really hates getting dog-eared.

Current Bid: $4,321.98


Shift Banner Gem Bottles

A lineup of four small glass bottles stoppered with corks. Each bottle has a different color of gemstones inside, starting from the left: yellow, red, blue, and purple. They also have metal emblems for each Desert Bus shift logo.

Which shift is your favorite? Aw, we can’t pick – they’re all gems! Specifically these gems which come in cute little glass bottles (one for each shift) that you can display or even wear as jewelry:

Dawnguard – Citrine, red agate, howlite and goldstone
Alpha Flight – Red coral, howlite and garnet
Night Watch – Blue goldstone, moonstone, neon apatite and turquoise
Zeta – Iolite, moonstone and amethyst

Current Bid: $1,111.10

November 18, 2021, 7:56 pm
Posted by: Soraya

This board game is guaranteed to get your motor running, unless you’re really, really bad at playing it because that’s literally the whole game. Steampunk Rally Fusion lets you build and boost your very own racing machine!

A deluxe set of multiple items: a purple shirt with a logo of a rooster wearing goggles. A board game labeled "Steampunk Rally Fushion" and featuring a young woman of color smirking over her shoulder at the racers she's left in the dust. Finally, there is an Iron Spades deck and a collection of accessories to support the game.

This deluxe edition not only gives you everything you need to play the game: it also gives you everything you need to impress your friends at game night. It has a booster pack with additional racers and machine parts along with a collection of accessories such as metal cogs that are, trust us, very gratifying to hold. Roxley decided that wasn’t enough, so they also threw in a pack of Iron Spades playing cards and a comfy purple jersey with their logo. Your race car deserves spoilers and so do you.

Donate $6.51 or multiples thereof before 8:45pm PT for a chance to win this deluxe set. Plus! Everyone who participates in ANY of our Night Watch giveaways tonight will also be automatically entered for a chance to win the 2021 Desert Bus T-shirt. Two for one! Go get it!

November 18, 2021, 7:21 pm
Posted by: Soraya

We’d like to take a moment to thank one of our organizational sponsors, Loading Ready Run!

LoadingReadyRun logo: an arrow points to the right, but it is made up of several distinct components. First, a set of three small dots. Then a large circle. Finally, the point of the arrow is made from a triangle. All elements are in light blue.

The Venn Diagram of Loading Ready Run and Desert Bus for Hope is very nearly a circle, so if you enjoy the hijinks we’ve gotten up to this week, you should check out Loading Ready Run! It’s a comic variety show with lots of gaming content for you to enjoy – and usually it doesn’t feature the world’s most boring video game, but it does feature plenty of gags and good people. Check it out and make sure to say hi to all the familiar faces!