Secondly, does anyone use the action track?
I have not found a need to use it yet. Is there something that complicates the UGOIGO pace of the game to the point where
flipping a counter along a track becomes needed?
i absolutely use it. b/c of the china card, various cards that force discards, north sea oil, et cetera, you can end the turn with zero, 1 or 2 cards. maybe b/c i've played nearly exclusively online where the log is right there, when i play live i'm obsessively checking the action round to make sure i know where we're at in the turn.