Hi, Stendhal 0.96 is released, with a focus on improving the experience for players new to the game. We have examined and tweaked quests for new players, now hinting in the Travel log when a quest is not recommended for that player level. A protective wall around the starting city, Semos, helps direct players to quests within the city - and looks good.
An interactive map using Google maps technology is accessible from within the client or http://stendhalgame.org/world/atlas.html?poi=npc, and the Beginners Guide http://stendhalgame.org/wiki/BeginnersGuide can now be launched from the help menu like the Manual and FAQ. Further client side improvements include better placement of tutorial messages, the option to hide heal and poison messages from the chat log.
To read about more of the changes, see screenshots and the full change log please see http://arianne.sourceforge.net/news/stendhal-0-96-welcoming-new-adventurers.html
kymara on behalf of the Arianne team.