Majesty: The Fantasy Kingdom Sim

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Majesty: The Fantasy Kingdom Sim
Majesty: The Fantasy Kingdom Sim cover
Cyberlore Studios
Linux Tribsoft
2000 MicroProse
2001-2003 Infogrames
2003 Atari
2008-present Paradox Interactive
Mac OS (Classic) MacPlay
Linux Linux Game Publishing
Release dates
Windows March 21, 2000
Mac OS (Classic) December 13, 2000
Linux April 25, 2003
Majesty: The Fantasy Kingdom Sim on MobyGames
Majesty: The Fantasy Kingdom Sim on Wikipedia


GameSpy online services have been shut down (see Network for solutions).
Majesty: The Fantasy Kingdom Sim
Majesty: The Fantasy Kingdom Sim 2000
Majesty 2: The Fantasy Kingdom Sim 2009

General information

Official developer site
Majesty Gold HD Support Forum Community Discussions for game series Support Page
Steam Community Discussions


Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Disc check (requires the CD/DVD in the drive to play)
SafeDisc DRM[Note 1]. Out of Print, multiple versions available.
Mac OS
Gold HD Edition
Green Man Gaming
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Gold HD Edition (includes Gold Edition).
SafeDisc retail DRM no longer functions properly on Windows Vista and later (see above for affected versions).

Version differences[edit]

Majesty: The Fantasy Kingdom Sim[edit]

The original release of the game. The game was released several times by different publishers. Current patch is Update 4.

The Northern Expansion[edit]

The official expansion pack added additional quests and new buildings to the game. Two bonus quests are available to download from the website. Current patch is Update 2.

Majesty Gold Edition[edit]

This contains Majesty as well as The Northern Expansion, as separate programs. It is not compatible with the bonus quests. Gold Edition contains the previous patches.

Majesty Gold HD[edit]

Majesty and The Northern Expansion bundled together, now a single program. The bonus quests are included. The game has been rewritten to run on Windows Vista and Windows 7, and no longer runs excessively fast on modern processors. Resolution can now be changed, and the game supports widescreen monitors. Owners of the Steam version of Majesty Gold Edition are given a free upgrade to Gold HD, and buying Gold HD from Steam also installs the original Gold Edition.

Essential improvements[edit]


Patches are available for Windows and Mac OS. The Gold Edition is already patched.

Use newer SDL version (Linux)[edit]

Will replace OSS with ALSA in terms of sound output and add additional features.
Requires 32 bit version of recent SDL 1.2 library.

Run the software with LD_LIBRARY_PATH=/usr/lib32 on at the beginning. If using a 32-bit system use /usr/lib path instead.

Game data[edit]

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

System Location
Mac OS (Classic)
Linux ~/.lgp/majx/majxprefs
Steam Play (Linux) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/25990/pfx/[Note 2]
This game does not follow the XDG Base Directory Specification on Linux.

Save game data location[edit]

System Location
Windows %USERPROFILE%\Documents\My Games\MajestyHD\
Mac OS (Classic)
Steam Play (Linux) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/25990/pfx/[Note 2]

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
GOG Galaxy
Steam Cloud

Video settings[edit]

Input settings[edit]

Keyboard and mouse State Notes
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Mouse acceleration
Mouse sensitivity
Mouse input in menus
Mouse Y-axis inversion
Controller support

Audio settings[edit]

Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
Under "Adjust Levels" option.
Surround sound
Hero chatter not subtitled.
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost


Language UI Audio Sub Notes
Retail only.
Retail only.
Retail only.
Retail only.


Multiplayer types

Type Native Notes
LAN play
Online play
GameSpy services have been shut down;[3] see GameSpy for workarounds.

Issues fixed[edit]


Fast scrolling[edit]

On older versions of Majesty, faster computers could cause the game to scroll excessively fast.
Change ScrollSpeed in registry (Windows)[citation needed]
  1. Go to HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Cyberlore\Majesty
  2. Open ScrollSpeed and change it appropriately.
  3. If you have The Northern Expansion or Gold Edition make the same change in HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Cyberlore\Majesty Expansion
Edit the configuration file (Linux)[citation needed]

Open up the configuration file and add <ScrollSpeed>#</ScrollSpeed>. Replace # with a number.


Majesty on Modern Systems[edit]

The original versions of Majesty will run on Windows Vista and Windows 7, however the game will be unstable and might crash frequently. A new version of the game is available that fixes a number of compatibility errors with current Windows versions and officially supports them.

For older versions of the game the following command line arguments may be used:

majx.exe -nothreadedcursor -useglblit

The command line is for Northern Expansion pack. For base game simply replace the executable name with majesty.exe. No extensive tests were done with this command line, however a several mission playthrough has indicated that game becomes more stable when these parameters are used.

Gold HD Edition Not Responding[edit]

On some systems (particularly those with Intel graphics) Majesty Gold HD may not work properly. On loading the game there may be a blank screen, or after the opening movie, the menu appears unresponsive (although it is actually working, but the screen is updating). To fix this, you need to append -useddblit -blitmovietobackground to the launcher's command line arguments.


No Sound[edit]

SDL library that is included with the game is set to use OSS for sound only.
General[citation needed]
The software is not updated frequently.

Install the osspd package (Some distros like ArchLinux refers the package as ossp) and enable/start the osspd/osspd.service service.

If using PulseAudio[citation needed]

Run the game with padsp command (It is included with main PulseAudio package, if not, look for pulseaudio-utils)

If using ALSA[citation needed]
  1. Install alsa-oss package
  2. Load the following kernel modules as root with modprobe command:
  • snd-seq-oss
  • snd-pcm-oss
  • snd-mixer-oss

Run the game with aoss -32 (On 32 bit system just use aoss)

Fullscreen issue with multiple monitors[edit]

Run the game in windowed mode using -w command prompt. However, due to the fact that the windowed mode is at fixed 800x600 resolution, you may need to use the resolution scaling using xrandr command, if on 1080p or 4K resolution.

The mouse isn't captured in windowed mode[edit]

Compile[citation needed]
The multilibrary version of GCC and 32-bit version of SDL is required for 64 bit system.
  1. Create a text file and name it jail.c
  2. Copy and paste the content of this script
  3. In Terminal run gcc -m32 -fPIC -shared -o jail.c -ldl (If on 32 bit system remove the -m32 argument)
  4. Once compiled, move to the main game folder
  5. Point out the file to use before running the game using LD_PRELOAD= command at the beginning.Example:
LD_PRELOAD=$HOME/games/majesty/ $HOME/games/majesty/majx -w

Other information[edit]


ExecutablePPC 32-bit 64-bit Notes
PowerPC support is on the first release only.


Middleware Notes
Audio OSS Linux only.
Interface SDL SDL is Linux only
Multiplayer GameSpy

System requirements[edit]

Majesty (Original Version)[edit]

Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 95
Processor (CPU) Intel Pentium 166 MHz (or equivalent)
System memory (RAM) 32 MB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 314 MB
Video card (GPU) DirectX 8 compatible
Mac OS
Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 8.6
Processor (CPU) PowerPC 233 MHz
System memory (RAM)
Hard disk drive (HDD) 314 MB
Video card (GPU) 16-bit Display at 800x600

Majesty Gold Linux Version[edit]

Operating system (OS) Linux Kernel 2.2
Processor (CPU) 166 MHz
System memory (RAM) 48 MB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 410 MB
Video card (GPU) 8 MB of VRAM

Majesty Gold HD[edit]

Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) XP
Processor (CPU) 800 MHz Pentium III or equivalent
System memory (RAM) 256 MB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 1 GB
Video card (GPU) DirectX 8 compatible


  1. SafeDisc retail DRM does not work on Windows 10[1] and is disabled by default on Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 8.1 when the KB3086255 update is installed.[2]
  2. 2.0 2.1 File/folder structure within this directory reflects the path(s) listed for Windows and/or Steam game data (use Wine regedit to access Windows registry paths). Games with Steam Cloud support may store data in ~/.steam/steam/userdata/<user-id>/25990/ in addition to or instead of this directory. The app ID (25990) may differ in some cases. Treat backslashes as forward slashes. See the glossary page for details.