As part of my development for the new Bloodcinder site (which will be running WordPress), I want to set it up so that accounts between that site and Simreq are tied together. There are no good premade solutions to this, so what I am probably going to end up doing is setting up an LDAP server, which acts as a central username/password/email repository which both WordPress and phpBB can communicate with. That is, once the LDAP server is set up, WordPress and phpBB will automatically synchronize any user accounts they have onto the LDAP server, and if there is a user in LDAP but not in WordPress or phpBB then it will be created automatically. This will have the transparent effect of having a single account on both sites. That is, any existing forum user will already have member's access on the Bloodcinder site, and anybody who's posted a comment or made a purchase on the Bloodcinder site will automatically have access to the forum, for purposes of having a subforum for book feedback tied together. (In actuality, the accounts wouldn't be created until used, so just because somebody buys something from my publishing site doesn't mean a new user shows up in the forum. It would only show up if they try to log into the forum, but they will be able to do so without having to register.) Practically speaking, nobody's going to notice this. However, setting this up requires me to upgrade my Dreamhost package, install a bunch of software, and go through a potentially complicated setup process, during which it is possible I will have to take the forum down for a few days. Further, I could break it completely and have to restore the databases. The only way to do that safely is for me to lock the forum so that nothing happens while I'm working. TLDR: in the next few weeks, I may have the lock the forum for a weekend in order to implement these changes that nobody will notice but me. The ultimate purpose, by the way, is not just for fan discussion. Eventually I or other Simreq members may want to publish some RP books based on custom rulesets, perhaps for sale as paper or perhaps just free PDF's (or both). Anybody who bought it would have immediate forum access both to player/DM support and even to play games with the creators themselves.