Board Games Are Not Just for Geeks Anymore (Song) -

Board Games Are Not Just for Geeks Anymore (Song)

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I have an important message for the world, which I will deliver through song.
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Turn on subtitles to see the lyrics. Credits:

Based on original song “It’s Not Just For Gays” from 2011 Tony Awards, performed by Neil Patrick Harris. Written by Adam Schlesinger and David Javerbaum

Lyrics and vocals – Jon Purkis

Musical arrangement – Dave Culling –

Videography – Sam Houghton and Joe Collinson

Vocal recording – Rich Savage –

Production assistant – Ben Moss

Guest stars:
1. Becca Scott from Geek and Sundry

2. Rodney Smith from Watch It Played

3. Quintin Smith from Shut Up and Sit Down

Board games shown in the video:

1. Pandemic –
2. Dice Forge –
3. Codenames –
4. Captain Sonar –
5. Colt Express –
6. Sherlock Holmes Consulting Detective –
7. Celestia –
8. Santorini –
9. Cash n Guns –
10. Catan –
11. Zombicide Black Plague –
12. Flick Em Up –
13. Ticket To Ride –
14. Sushi Go –
15. Catch The Moon –
16. Blue Lagoon –
17. Scrawl –
18. New York Slice –


If you’ve played Pandemic, you already get it
How wonderful board games can be
It’s a one hour, box-sixed, amazing, repeatable, immersive, escape room for free

So this song goes out to the rest of you
Those who’ve never played Codenames before
Board games are no longer boring
It’s not just for geeks anymore!

If you take an interest in the clothes you wear
The fedora explorers are ready to share
If you are socially able
You’re invited to the table
It’s not just for geeks anymore!

Gaming is spreading to people with mates
Those who don’t struggle when going on dates
We’re no longer intolerant
To those who wear deodorant
It’s not just for geeks anymore!

It’s for fashion conscious females
Who like to socialise
It’s for well-adjusted weight-lifters
Wanting more than exercise
So quit with your selfies, and come have some fun
Take shots at your friends, playing Cash ‘n’ Guns
There’s so much to respect
You don’t need a bearded neck

It’s not just for geeks
And German families
And old folks trying to stave off their Alzheimer’s disease
And the hippies who refuse to even own a TV
And the brainy mathematicians
And those wholesome loving Christians
And actors you’ve sort of heard of
And the kids with skin conditions
Although they’ll only grow up to be geeks or mathematicians
Now I’ve lost my train of thought
Oh yes, it’s not just for geeks anymore!

(Becca Scott)
I’m so over Overwatch I’d rather go to yoga class
But Catan? Nah, i’mma stay and kick your ass

(Rodney Smith)
I like kayaking down rivers jogging six days of the week
But on Sunday I’m a zombie killing freak

(Quintin Smith)
I like playing games while eating cheese and drinking wine
I’ve never posted theories ‘bout films I like online

We’ve got Kristen Bell, The Green Bay Packers, Woody Harrelson
Daisy Ridley, Tottenham Hotspur, Penny Cruz and Wil Wheaton!

Fashionistas and Hipsters, you know what to do
Buy a Ticket to Ride and Sushi Go too
There’s really nothing stopping thee
We’re not talking Monopoly
It’s not just for geeks
No it’s not just for geeks
You’ll be absolutely hooked in but a matter of weeks,
Board games are not just for geeks anymore…

This video wouldn’t exist without the support of these Actual Legends:

Agnieszka Hollinger, Andrew Littell, Archie Edwards, Ashlee Pradella, Ben Taylor, Ceedee Doyle, Cullen McDonald, Derek Foote, Duncan Cowan, Holly Williams, James Berry, James Mc Millan, Jan Felix Trettow, Jennifer Selig, Jeremey Lasher, Jonathan Moss, Lrs Hffmnn, Melissa Pananon, Monique Bishop, Nathan Moore, Nick Gordon, Patrick Hambrick, Pierre Franquin, Ralph, Robert, Robert Maeda, Robert Purkis, Roger, Ryan Moore, Sophie C., Than, Tim Fowers, Tom Mills, Tom Wakefield

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Board Game Geek:

If you’re new to Actualol, my name is Jon Purkis. My two passions are writing comedy and playing board games, so I decided to combine the two in this YouTube channel.


  1. These cameos are legendary. I can’t believe you got Kristen Bell AND Woody Harrelson.

  2. This put a huge smile on my face. Thank you for making this 🙂

  3. That was terrific! Good job making something that is a bit different and still a lot of fun!

  4. Yes! I have been waiting for a song like this my whole life! Great job 😀

  5. Great Video! Just out of curiosity, did you ask Richard from Rahdo Runs Through or any of the DiceTower guys to participate as well? It was awesome to see Quinns, Rodney and Becca, but it would have been cool to see even more YouTube board game people in there as well!!

  6. Guess I gotta sub to ANOTHER board game channel… 😉

  7. Wow! Fantastic! Congratulations!!! ♥️😍

  8. Very good!! Amusing! And so true, although I'd say everybody has a geek side to them but not everybody is brave enough to admit it!

  9. I nominate this song for a Grammy.

  10. I almost fell from my couch seeing Rodney in this little musical (jogging while wearing a completely ungeeky S U I T, at that)! waves to WatchItPlayed

  11. Well done mate. Had to come back and see this again. Jolly fun!

  12. Very clever. Fantastic production values!

  13. Haha awesome video Jon! The guest stars had me geeking out a little 😀

  14. I suppose it's ironic that this is probably the geekiest thing I have ever seen.

  15. This is well organised and executed. I can only imagine the time spent making this and what a great result. Well done from start to finish. it may only be 4.15m long, but I can guess it was many many hours invested and no small helping of sweat and hard work. Well done to you and everybody involved.

  16. Instant Classic! Greetings from a german family😂

  17. And yet the main website for board games is called Board Game Geek.

  18. Awesome!!! So happy you were finally able to make this video happen, Jon!

  19. That British double decker outside in the end… Marvellous!

  20. Jon, this is freaking awesome! I've watched it like ten times already. And you've picked up a perfect song as well. Got goosebumps the first time I watched it. This is why you're the best – you're more than just a board game reviewer, you go beyond. Keep the creativity and comedy and thanks for spreading this lovely message. And btw everyone is sharing this – even my local Slovak BG store. So prepare to be a star!

  21. I don't think I like this song. It just made me laugh out loud in a train and people are staring at me since. I don't think I like this, I absolutely LOVE it! 🙂

  22. I love, love, LOVE this!

    Well done, everyone!

  23. This could have beaten "shallow" for song of the year last night.

  24. How cool is that you've got the very best of North America in your video, in the form of Becca and Rodney!

  25. Fantastic!! Can't believe something of this quality is coming out from the hobby~~

  26. What are you talking about? More people have just turned into geeks…

  27. Seems to have gone down well Jon! Well done matey!

  28. Great Lyrics! Hope there's no copyright infringement to the Tony Awards.

  29. Becca just killin' it as usual…oh, and the rest of the video was great too

  30. What is the Tottenham Hotspur reference?

  31. that is an awesome video! I love it. We have a game night once a week and I will pass this on to them! Thanks, keep up the great entertainment!

  32. Wonderfully written, great performance all the way. Love this.

    "if you are soci-able, you're invited to the table"

  33. I really wish they would make another Tabletop like show and put it in NBC or Fox. Out real celebrities on there and camera from the board game scene. Just get a funny host… Please no hacks like Alec Baldwin.

  34. What are the games 1) on the left in the opening and 2) between Blue Lagoon and Scrawl in the final lineup?

  35. Is it just me or are board-gamers being negatively stereotyped here? Tsk, tsk, Jon. ;|

  36. Hahaha so funny video!!! congratulations 🙂 kind regards from a spaniard who love boardgames too 🙂

  37. Это эпический ППЦ, но я рад что я это увидел…

  38. This. Is the geekiest thing. I have ever seen.

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