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November 19, 2020, 4:17 pm
Posted by: Tim

We’ve got less than two hours left on the second to last set of Silent Auctions for Desert Bus for Hope 2020. You’ll want to head over to the Silent Auctions page to check out and bid on “Solana, Crocheted Chocobo Plush” and “Watercolor Magic Tokens”.

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Don’t delay! Make sure you’re logged in to your Donor Account and then head over to the Silent Auctions page to bid. These auctions close at 6:00pm PST!

November 19, 2020, 4:00 pm
Posted by: Tim

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We here at Desert Bus for Hope would like to take a moment to thank one of our returning prize sponsors for this year’s event: Wizards of the Coast.

Founded in 1990, Wizards of the Coast has been a powerhouse of the gaming world with their flagship franchises of Magic: The Gathering and Dungeons & Dragons. With countless numbers of players across the globe, the reach of the games of Wizards of the Coast is endless.

Thank you Wizards of the Coast for your continued support of Desert Bus for Hope!

November 19, 2020, 3:31 pm
Posted by: Tim

A photo of the uncut foil sheet.It’s time for a Donation Drive featuring an uncut sheet of Magic: the Gathering uncommon foil cards. These uncut sheets are exceptionally difficult to come by and make wonderful artwork for your home!

Our friends at Card Kingdom have brought us a blast from the past (2014 to be exact) with this foil uncut sheet of commons from Magic 2015, featuring such great cards as Triplicate Spirits, Raise the Alarm, and Runeclaw Bear. Uncut sheets such as this one are not available to the public and are very hard to come by.

Donate $6.03 (or multiples thereof) for a chance to win this prize. We’ll run this donation drive until 4:30pm PST.

November 19, 2020, 2:00 pm
Posted by: Tim

Today at 3:00pm PST, we’ve got a very special Live Auction! Generously donated live during Penn & Teller’s call-in earlier this week, we’ll be auctioning off one of Teller’s personal copies of the ultra rare out-of-print book set “The Magic of Johnny Thompson.” This mint condition copy is signed by the legendary magicians Johnny Thompson and Penn & Teller. In addition, Penn & Teller will add a personal message to the winner of this prize.

A photo of the book set.

Penn and Teller described Johnny Thompson as their mentor and themselves as his fans for 40 years. We’re honored that Penn & Teller have generously donated this to support Desert Bus for Hope and Child’s Play.

For those that may be joining us for the first time, or want a quick refresher, here’s how to participate in Live Auctions…

  • Make sure you’ve created a Donor Account here on desertbus.org and that you’ve linked your Donor Account to your Twitch Account. Make sure you do this ahead of time, as it can take a few minutes to for your accounts to sync. More info: https://imgur.com/a/Dl4c3jN
  • Live Auctions are conducted in Twitch chat at twitch.tv/desertbus. To bid, use the syntax !bid Amount(####.##) (optional smack talk). Make sure your bid increases the previous high bid amount by at least 1%.
  • Be sure to watch the chat for the latest auction calls, not the stream! The broadcast is usually on a slight delay.
  • Please, no fake bidding! No random numbers! No prompting bidders to bid more or irresponsibly! Live Auctions are chaotic times in chat already, so our mods are extra vigilant about timeouts and bans.

A photo of Johnny Thompson.

November 19, 2020, 1:50 pm
Posted by: Tim

WOOOOOAAHH! You all have helped raise over $700,000 for Child’s Play Charity this year!

Thank you for your continued support of Child’s Play Charity!

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November 19, 2020, 1:10 pm
Posted by: Tim

A photo of the core 2020 foil set.Shiny Magic: the Gathering cards! And a lot of them, too… this Donation Drive features a complete set of foil cards from the Magic: the Gathering 2020 Core Set.

Are you getting into Magic for the first time or are you coming back from a long break? The Core Sets are a great way to learn or refresh your knowledge of Magic: The Gathering. With this complete foil sets of Core Set 2020, you can start or continue your collection in style. It really is Magic time.

Donate $6.20 (or multiples thereof) for a chance to win this prize. We’ll run this donation drive until 2:00pm PST.

November 19, 2020, 12:15 pm
Posted by: Tim

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We’ve got another special guest joining us today on Alpha Flight… Jerry Holkins! Holkins writes the webcomic Penny Arcade along with its artist Mike Krahulik. Holkins sometimes uses the pseudonym “Tycho Brahe”, the name of his Penny Arcade character.

Together with Krahulik, Holkins created the Penny Arcade Expo beginning in 2004, a series of gaming festivals held in Seattle, Boston, Australia, and San Antonio. He is also a co-founder of Child’s Play, a multimillion-dollar charity which supports a network of hospitals worldwide and US domestic violence support facilities through donations of toys and games. He is also occasionally Omin Dran, CEO of Acquisitions Incorporated in the long-running Dungeons & Dragons game of the same name.

Jerry will be joining us throughout today’s Alpha Flight shift, so if you have a challenge or question for him, log in to or sign up for a Donor Account, then head on over to the Submit Challenge page to send us your request.

November 19, 2020, 12:00 pm
Posted by: Az

Gooooooood basically-afternoooooooon!!!!!

We finally announced the winner of the Dawn Guard intros!

And we had a nice stretch…

And we continued a Jenga tradition of Liz v James!

And a whole bunch more singing!!

Of course, we had to have our third and final round of FAAAAAMILY FEEEUUUUUD!

We brought it down with a Feelings with Liz time, whom we love very much and WE GIVE YOU ALL THE HUGS LIZ! ALL OF THEM!!!!

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And a beautiful concert from the Doubleclicks again!!

And…THE COFFEE PONG FINAL!

And Ashton sang us a wonderful song <3

And we had a…”beard compliment” off

AND TO FINISH IT ALL OUT!!!

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We’re happy we had you with us here. This was an amazing week as always, and you were such a huge part of it. You, reading this. You see this? I’m talking about you. Thanks <3

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November 19, 2020, 11:50 am
Posted by: Az
We want to say a hearty thank you to one of our sponsors, Take This. They are an amazing advocate and have been giving giveaways to Desert Bus for years.

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One-in-two people will be diagnosed with a mental health condition in their lifetime. Especially in the video game community, the idea that “no one will miss me if I’m gone’ is a pervasive one. Take This was founded to let people know how wrong that is, that there’s help for people with mental health challenges who are also passionate about making games.

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November 19, 2020, 10:59 am
Posted by: Az

Do you play Magic? Do you love cool rare cards?!
Then check out this giveaway!

Donate $5.15 or multiples thereof by 11:45am PST to get a chance to win!

The last From the Vault set produced by Wizards of the Coast, From the Vault: Transform is a limited edition set containing fifteen premium double-faced cards, including three with new art. Including format defining cards like Delver of Secrets and Jace, Vryn’s Prodigy, From the Vault: Transform is a great addition to any Magic collection.