It’s time for a new season in Willow Valley! As always, this contains no story and you can skip it if you want to.


Willow Valley continues to grow, adding 25 sims, 10 player owned businesses, and 2 Business Districts over the past season. I successfully transferred the game to a new computer, which is good news since it means Cham Var Hoh will be able to continue to throw epic parties. Also, hopefully I’ll have fewer graphical glitches.

There are three significant changes this season. First, I installed InTeen. I’m not planning for a teen pregnancy epidemic in Willow Valley, just hoping to avoid the automatic breakup when kids go to college and keep them from hooking up with old flames (and ruining their new relationships) while they wait for their teen intendeds.

The second change is household names. When there are multiple households with the same last name, they will now be numbered instead of using initials. The Picaso households, for example, will be Picaso 1 and Picaso 2, rather than M. Picaso and J. Picaso. This will make it easier as the next generation moves in and starts building their families. I’ve also decided on a scheme for choosing last names when there’s intermarriage between families. Hyphenated last names will no longer be allowed, as that could get really complicated, although the Cooke-Pavlov family will be grandfathered in.

The third change is household play order. Sims graduated from college will return to the neighborhood the same season they graduate if they graduate during the first 3 semesters, and the following season if they graduate at the end of the 4th semester. Most of the time heirs returning home will be able to take their place without difficulty, but sometimes a household’s place in the rotation may have to be delayed to accommodate a returning heir or intended spouse. The only household that applies to this season is the Hamilton household, which has been moved and will be played just after the 2nd semester of Uni so that Romina, Dimitri’s fiance, can be played.

The town’s General Fund collected a whopping $503,600 during Spring! I’ve decided to get rid of the previous Town Improvement Fund, which purchased community lots, as the two additional lots I want to include as community buildings are both hideously expensive and thus will be placed when I have enough households. I considered using the money to buy little shops that could be purchased by players, but I wasn’t sure of the best way to do the math on that. Besides, low interest loans remain readily available for those that wish to buy businesses.


A full half of the money collected each season will now go into the University Facilities Fund, which purchases buildings for Salix University for $100,000 each; once I get to 10 buildings, I can count a new university. With the money received this season, the University Facilities Fund was able to purchase 3 new buildings. I haven’t placed them yet, and may not get around to it. The university is now up to 8 paid buildings, which means only 2 more to get another university! I’m hoping for private donations this season to get another university. The remaining balance for the University Facilities Fund is $33,473.


The two loan funds, the Town Prosperity fund and the Financial Aid fund, are doing well.  The Town Prosperity fund helped Willow Valley residents purchase 3 new businesses last season. The fund has a current balance of $243,763, with $27,904 in outstanding loans. The Financial Aid fund just had its first borrower at the end of last season. It has a current balance of $267,725, with $2000 in outstanding loans. The University Scholarship Fund, which receives the interest from the Financial Aid fund and will also receive interest from that fund’s loans when paid, has a balance of $2023, so someone may get a small scholarship this season.

Town stats are as follows (including 2 new CAS households):

Sims 137
Households 23
Owned lots 45
Unowned lots 4
Military lot? YES
Business districts 9
Universities 1
Downtown? 0
Sim multiplier 61
Population 8357
Max population 12383
General Fund 0
Uni buildings 8

(Max population is (playable sims + available CAS sims)X sim multiplier)

Total CAS sims 99
CAS sims used 33
CAS sims available 66
Comm. Lots avail. 0
Fires 11
Burglaries 6
Electrocutions 12
Graves 3
Lvl 10 businesses 24
Business Tycoons 10


Adventure 1 (unlocked)
Architecture 3 of 17
Athletic 3 (unlocked)
Business 9 (unlocked)
Criminal 0 of 3
Culinary 2 (unlocked)
Dance 1 (unlocked)
Education 3 of 33
Entertainment 0 of 1
Intelligence 1 of 5
Journalism 1 of 12
Law 0 of 2
Law Enforcement 1 of 8
Medicine 3 (unlocked)
Military 1 (unlocked)
Music 2 (unlocked)
Oceanography 3 (special)
Politics 0 (unlocked)
Science 1 of 4 (3 special)
Slacker 2 of 6
Artist 0 of 2
Natural Science 0 of 1
Showbiz 0 of 2


And now for pictures!


The main neighborhood, with 23 households


Salix university, currently with only 5 buildings placed, though I’ve earned 3 more, and 5 active households


And the business district, which has definitely seen the most growth in the last season.