I haven't been successful at restoring the forums. I may give it another try in a few days. I discovered that Drupal has support for forums built-in. The forums module is pretty simple but I hoping everyone will give it a try.
You need to create an account. Your former Forums account will not work. If you have an OpenID though, you already have one. Click on that link. If you don't then, click on the Create new account link.
On the menu you will see a link as well as within Navigation on the left-hand side. Click on it. Choose an area and post when you have something to talk about. Notice, there are only four forums. I decided to go with a much simpler layout.