I hope to see this board take off. Most of my experience comes from the hailBoards project. Basically a friend of mine and I took the IGNBoards look and applied it to phpBB 2.0.x and also added tons of features to make phpBB more useful. We maintained the project for close to 3 years and you'll still find a site here and there who still use our original version. We decided to end the project after we started playing Lord of the Rings Online and phpBB 3.0.x was released. The 3.0.x line made most of the modifications we added obsolete and we really didn't want to learn an entirely new structure. My main tools were Dreamweaver MX 2004 and Photoshop 7.