for the PM thing, I thing there is a way for phpBB PM's to be checked externally, but not even 50% certain, so if you want, or have time, or if someone wants to look into it, head over to phpBB.com and see if someone over there can tell you how.
As for the refresh time, please dont let it ping the site every 2 seconds
that being said, by pinging the RSS feed rather than the games page, it does save a lot of server time and speeds the site up, so thanks from me, as a player, for helping things go faster
Again, thanks much for the great prog. Keep up the good work