Hi there, Varthall here.
I’m also a long time Pangya player. I started back in 2005 (if I remember correctly) when I read about it on the Insert Coin games portal. Back at that time only the Korean and Japanese server existed, and Kooh has just been introduced on the JPN server. The Korean version needed a Korean personal ID to join, so the only option to play it was on the Japanese server. I joined there, following a how-to guide someone published online, and joined a guild called GAO which gathered all the non-japanese players. I frequently posted on the hio-pangya.net forum, (its admin was Uchocobo if anyone remembers him!), sadly it only lasted for a year or so, when Albatross18 was announced. I joined its beta testing program, for a period I played both on there and in Japan, until I was forced to leave the latter server when they implemented a regional IP block.
Since I was already playing in the US server I never played in the EU one, then I switched to Pangya Global when Alba18 was closed down, where I was a member of the ForThePlayer guild. During this time I was the admin of the Pangya page on Frappr, a social portal where every registered user was pinned on a world map, so that you could get in touch with other players from your area. I still have the database dump of that page stored somewhere…
Nowadays I have unfortunately very little free time, anyway I’m trying to install Pangya Mobile on my smartphone (the version on Aptoide is unfortunately out of date since a couple of weeks, and the client can’t be updated). I’m also trying to get Wine running on my Linux laptop and see if I’ll manage to make Pangya Celebrity to run on it.
I’m very happy to see the community starting again to grow, and to see ongoing development on Pangya related tools. My biggest dream would be to see one day an open source reimplementation of the game, with the possibility to switch between seasons and/or different graphic layouts, that would be a great nostalgia trip!
Oh and every evening I log into the #pangya channel on ppirc.net, although there’s not much activity there. I’ll make sure to post the link to this forum on the channel’s topic
Last but not least, what this forum absolutely needs are Pangya emoticons /me imagines a jumping and laughing smileys right here