‘Souls RPG has been on phpBB since 2012. Since that time, I’ve created a number of custom themes for the forum based on our custom templates. While the templates are loosely based on a phpBB default theme, they’re also heavily customized. Unlike Invision Power Board, I have been able to make minor template edits, including a reorganizing of the forum’s header and the information presented to the user in 2013.
I often work with other artists, who provide the hand-drawn or photo-manipulation header images in some cases. Kiriska and I work together frequently as we both administrate the forum together.
‘Souls RPG operated on Invision Power Board 1.3.1 Final from 2007 to 2012. During that time, I created numerous CSS themes for the board — probably somewhere in the range of 10 to 15 skins.
Working with IPB was particularly challenging because it’s not generally possible to make a ton of template edits. The easiest way to create a multi-themed forum is by using the same template across multiple themes (that way, announcements, links, etc. only need to be updated once). So, the work I did on the IPB was purely CSS and image based — changing the HTML/PHP templates was generally not possible.
IPB to phpBB Conversion
I did some conversion development work, from IPB 1.3.1 Final to phpBB 2 then phpBB 3. For complete details, see IPB 1.3.1 to phpBB 3 Forum Conversion.