Thanks to Monkey wiggling through a hole in the system (that I kind of left open by testing what I was doing), I have turned on the Inventory system early.
You may have noticed that you have accrued Gold Pieces which are listed in your Profile and listed when you post next to the Karma buttons.
You earn Gold Pieces by posting to the site; starting new topics, replying to topics and having others reply to topics that you start. Certain sections of the forum will earn more or less Gold.
You can also earn and lose Gold by using the Karma system. If you vote someone up or down you will earn Gold. If you are voted up you will earn Gold. If you are voted down you will lose gold.
You can use the Gold you earn to purchase items from the Inventory link at the top. I have not managed to complete adding everything I intended before The Monkey Thief snuck in but I have decided to open it up to everyone now and let you have at it. Items in the various stores will restock at different rates and at the moment none of the weapon items do anything other than add colour to your avatar when you post (but I guess they could in incorporated into forum games in the future).
There are a few items that will allow you to do things that most of you can't currently do (like pin topics or steal Gold Pieces from other users). Please don't be a douchebag with these The admins can undo anything that seems stupid and if you are all very good I will add more things for you to do later as I work through the stuff...
There may also be plans to run a GP lottery as well as the possibility for investing GP in various ventures but for now we just have items to play with.
Let me know what you think and let me know if you spot any issues.