The number of armies a player is provided at the start of a game of Risk depends upon how many people are participating in the game. Two to six people typically play Risk. If only two people play the game, each person is assigned 40 armies.
When three people play Risk, each player is assigned 35 armies. If there are four players, each receives 30 armies. If the game involves five players, 25 armies are assigned to each. When six people sit down for a game of Risk, they each get 20 armies. Six people is the recommended maximum number of players for a game of Risk.