Finally, I've been making some real progress. Most of the code to read a level file and to load it is working, and everything is running well in the current single player version of the game engine framework. Don't worry, I'll extend it to multi-player soon enough. There are still quite a few things I need to work on before I say the level test is complete. I need to get controls and basic physics in so you can walk around the level. As of now, the model is just stationary.
If you look at the background of the level, you'll notice a mountain like scene. That panoramic view was created using a 6-texture sky box. I didn't make it. It came from this site http://www.3delyvisions.com/skf1.htm . There are some good tutorials on that site about how to make skyboxes. The level is temporary as I wait for my team to give me more artwork.