BBPress Forum in Buddypress error

I've done the one-click bbpress upload successfully and I can see the forum in the community dropdown - I can even get to the create new post page. Once I submit though, I return to the default page which says that :

"sorry, there were no forum topics found"

Also - where would I find the back end of the forum on my control panel?

Is it better to rather use the forums plugin that wpdev provide?
What are the pros and cons about each

(I've searched the forums here and have come up with zip so far)