I should clarify n correct my past comments re how the bid is used in tournaments; In tournaments; you can only buy units with the bid. You cannot buy bases or factories (right away), and you cant save money.
However, at Gencon/Origins/Smorey Swamp TN, you can put all the units in one square. This apparently didn’t come up in the earlier tournament in 2016, but no-one there objected to putting the higher bids all in one square in 2017, which is not really a problem in most editions but it adds some choices when the bid is higher.
42.2 average bids 7-12 to Allies
G42 average bids 0 to either
Classic automatic bid of 9 to Axis
G40 no tourney bid that I know of but bids average 8-20 in league
Since the bid is a house rule, you can apply it however you like. The bid should be a game changer. The bids that place a fighter into the German open or a sub (or 2) into Taranto change the game and change blowout battles into more equal contests.
Lol i did that once in a online game and when he saw it ( after germany and russia ) my opponent insisted that it was against the rules.
But then again he did not sepecify it should all be in 1 area and did not complain when i did it. 4 inf in yunnan is kinda fun 🙂