I finished the book! A debugging / file copying mishap lead to a couple days of lost work, but it didn’t take too long to recover. And, as promised, I finally installed Movie Maker and put together a quick Fraps video of the results.
While the project was entirely guided, it feels great to finish a side-project. Next perhaps will be Rift support and a custom level. One of the key features you won’t see in the video below is the LAN support / other players.