I am wondering what everyone thinks about saving most of the bid the allies would receive instead of placing units on the board. Most games I have played lately start with a bid of 12-20. Lately I have found myself only spending 6 of that on a sub and then banking the rest for UK London. I really like the flexibility this provides since I have been able to use the money saved to buy factories in Persia and Egypt even earlier or make sea lion even harder if Germany is showing it.
As UK I usually do not play very aggressive on round 1 and avoid the Taranto raid. Most of the time I opt for stacking sz92 instead with an AB on Gibraltar. Then with the extra cash saved up use it to either fortify London or build factories in the ME basically a round early. So far the strategy has worked in a couple of games but I am wondering what everyone else thinks.
What are your thoughts on this? Do you think it goes against the spirit of the bid or is it fair game? Also, is it foolish to not use it on troops right away?
A lot of the games I’ve played in the bid rules don’t permit buying bases with it. Saving the bid to buy an air base is the same thing as buying it up front. The air base thing at Gibraltar is annoying. But if on G1 I bought 2 bombers I can usually call the UK’s bluff by bombing London and buying a small navy with a few transports. If the bombing raids succeed this causes a little panic.
Also, if all of the bid goes to the UK, a bid unit could go to Scotland and London to make up for less stuff placed there.
Anyways a bid is a house rule nonetheless so I guess players could agree to any use. Some people I’ve come across think the bid should be spent anyway you want, like 8 infantry (24 IPC) bid being slapped down on Paris! That would force Germany to forego one of the UK fleets and bring air into the G1 Paris battle.