Wow, the first topic I start on the board here, and the man himself replys. Guess I'm living right!
I agree with you, Dog Cow, that's why this major overhaul for my site is moving to phpBB as the foundation. The number of available mods, ranging from small tweaks to completely new functionality speaks volumes about the way phpBB is built. By day, I'm a Lead Developer / Systems Architect for real time, mission critical 24x7 type systems. I'm quite comfortable working with mods and even doing mild tweaks of my own when necessary.
ahwm, thanks for the tip on X7. Matter of fact, I had already found it and have it downloaded. I'm going to bring that online after I get the rest of the site done.