Yes, the title is clickbait. It's merely a pun on the game we're talking about ... or does this topic turn out to address the loaded role-playing hobby term after all? You decide.
Jon and I took some time to share experiences about playing The Pool, based on the games you can read about or see in Intent in The Pool, Frog Pool fantasy, Galactice peace Pool, and The Pool San Diego. His game currently stands at eight sessions, and my current games are only at three and two respectively as the holidays knocked out a couple of weeks for each.
We'd each brought several questions for the other, without reviewing them ahead of time, and traded off asking one another. Each response turned into a mini-conversation as one might expect, so you'll get a pretty good idea of how we each interpreted, modified, and applied the rules we were using. Perhaps surprisingly neither of us duplicated any of the other's questions, so the final result is a rather complete look at preparation for play, processes of play, dice dynamics, changes in characters, and other related matters of how the game (or idea for a game) works.
A fair amount of our topic references these diagrams, presented in recent Seminar and Actual Play posts. I really hope they're not esoteric or weird ... but if you have any questions about what they mean, please ask.
As I mention during the conversation, I'm hoping to see lots of other people play The Pool over the next few months, to expand the range of applications and experiences. Also, if you're interested in my upcoming course "Playing with The Pool," please check out the Giano Academy link at the top right of the page - it's five sessions, once per week, beginning January 27. With any luck, about two months from now this relatively limited comparison between us two will turn into a mighty discourse.