After much deliberation and testing I found a suitable forum candidate. It is called ‘Mingle Forum’ and was relatively easy to set up and adjust the layout.
For now I have created 4 forums Tenchu, News, Tenchu Checkpoint & Forum and Off Topic. Click here to check them out.
The News Forum is a bit of a special case. All articles from the News page appear there. Replies to articles on the news page should (if it works) appear in the forum as well. Same goes for replies made in the forum, they too should appear on the News page.
To use the forums you need to be a registered Tenchu Checkpoint user. Use the Register link at the top right of the site. As a user you can use the forums as well as post comments on the News page and wherever else it is allowed.
The forum allows you to have a signature. On the forum page use Edit your forum options to set it up.
A profile picture/avatar can be set up by registering an account with Gravatar and linking your Tenchu Checkpoint account with your Gravatar account. In order to do so make sure that you use the same email address as with your Tenchu Checkpoint account. It is a bit inconvenient, but it is the easiest of all options. The service is free.
As always there is still lots of work left. Hope you will enjoy the new forum in the meantime.
There is a problem with the News Forum. When I tested it on my home machine it worked fine, but here it fails to create a viewable topic.