@ShadowHAwk I am going to agree with @Arthur-Bomber-Harris. I like the bid to save high value units or put the Allies in the position to accomplish some of their major goals. Saving half the UK fleet and stopping Italy cold are high on my list of objectives. Not sure where you would put a high bid in the pacific because I have never done it. You seem to think there is potential so please detail where you would put that bid.
As I said earlier I would agree with some Chinese and UK Pacific infantry, Russian artillery and maybe a sub for ANZAC and UK Pacific and a ground unit for US in the Philippines. That is maybe as much as much as $45 leaving what for Europe? A UK fighter? Not sure I see the benefit of that versus having a strong Britain in Europe. To me the key is Europe. Germany unrestrained is going to win; no doubt. I have seen many a game where Japan is on her knees and the Axis wins in Europe.
Its an easy bid that makes sure that some areas are basicaly won. But why not just put a sheet over afrika and the middle east and dont use that part of the board? Saves putting pieces on it and if you dont want to play there its a much easier solution.
UK already is strong in the Med, airpower is a bit overpowered in this game due to insane range. If you want to use a bid to win the game yea put it somewhere that you already overpower.
But if you want a bid to balance the game unbalancing the board even further is not really working towards that goal.
I want the bid to balance the areas where the allies are weak or to prevent some cheap axis openers.
Put a bid in the med and europe will be will germany beat russia before it gets overwhelmed. No med play no ME play just boring germany follows their playbook because they have no other alternatives.
Put a bid in the Pac and Germany might be able to play Med, Japan suddenly cant do a J1.
Its just what you want from the bid. And also OP wanted a way to deal with J1 well this might help him with that.
“When allowed to gamers will try to optimize the fun out of games” this was a quote for PC games but it also might apply to other games.