Not everyone agrees the Allies need a bid
I agree with you. I don’t care for bids either. I think either side can win if played right with the setup as is.
That being said, Grasshopper’s list is very interesting. I think you should spice things up though. Make ONE of the dice rolls end up in a $15 bid for the Axis. Perhaps an extra German tank in Poland, an extra Italian tank in Tobruk and an extra Japanese infantry in Kwangsi.
The Allies still have a 5/6 chance of getting some padding for themselves. But now there is a 1/6 chance that the Allies will have to go without.
lol that’s insane. It would be radical enough to have a 1/6 chance that the Allies get no bid, but to give 15 to the Axis? Most players would give up before playing if they rolled that.