in my group we play in similar ways, but i think it is not wise to do japan’s turn, BEFORE russia bought units.
another thing is, i have to admit, i had to smile that you regarded france as a block for itself…
If there were a reason to change Japan’s strategy based on what Russia purchases, I’m sure it would be a minor issue. A larger issue is the time it takes for Japan to finish their turn, in my experience, Japan is the biggest culprit when it comes to clock consumption and getting Japan started right away is paramount for quick games.
I don’t know what the official name is, but I looked around the internet for a long time before I broke down and made my own. You can get “croupier sticks”, which are what the croupier uses to collect the dice in craps, but it doesn’t really have that “war room” feel to it.
I just bought some wooden dowels and balsa strips from a craft store, then I cut the strips into rectangles and wood-glued them to the ends of the dowels.
Yeah I was thinking of doing the same.