Several players have expressed the need for the Allies to have a bid on Spring 1942, 2nd Ed. for reasons of game balance. I personally haven’t felt the need for it so far but I’m curious to see what may be the most ‘common’ bids, please feel free to add suggestions to where to �place them (1 UK infantry on Egypt, 1 artillery on Caucasus, etc.).
If you are playing victory cities then the game is horribly unbalanced. It is too easy for the Axis to get the 9 cities. Leningrad, Moscow and Calcutta are easy pickings by the Axis by turn 5 to 6.
I like an allies bid of at least 10.
IMO, the two most critical plays for the Allies bid is either (1) support the EUS fleet with a 2nd destroyer, or (2) support the British attack on the EI Japanese fleet on turn 1 with a destroy or a sub, and an artillery for the amphibious attack on EI.
You shouldn’t waste an allies bid on the Soviets.
Of these, I believe (2) is more critical.
If the Japanese don’t lose that EI fleet, then I have found that Calcutta easily falls by round 4-5. So the game really is decided on turn 1 by a 65% percent attack by the British on the EI fleet. That percent has to be raised, or the game is very tilted to the Axis.