CAW Houseboat Tutorial by SimGuruGraham


Follow this step by step tutorial to learn how to add houseboats to a custom Sims 3 world built through the Create a World tool. The tutorial shows how to add a residential and a community houseboat to any custom world. Some basic knowledge of CAW is required before using this tutorial.
Note: This tutorial will not take you through every step necessary to create a custom world in CAW. If you aren’t already familiar with the CAW tool, I recommend looking at a different guide to learn the basics of building custom worlds.

Use the following links if you want to download the files used to build this world, or see how this final world works in-game…
Exchange: Click here to download the Houseboat CAW Tutorial world from The Sims 3 Exchange which you can play with in-game.
CAW: Click here to download a .rar of the .world file that can be loaded in CAW. Simply unzip it to your My Documents/Electronic Arts folder.

1) Start a new world in CAW or edit one of your existing .world files. Your world will need to have water at sea level to be able to add houseboats to it.

2) I suggest adding two new layers under the World Layer to help your organization when building a world. I typically create one for Houseboats and one for Ports. This step is not necessary if you just want to add these lots to an existing layer.

3) Click on the Houseboat Layer, or whatever layer it is you want to add houseboats to.

4) Click on the new “Add a New Houseboat Lot” button from the top row; its icon is identical to the “Add a New Lot” button.





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Sims 3 Store: The Coffee Bean Hipster Loft
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The Coffee Bean Hipster Loft (1,600 SP) – So some of us are going to hang out in the loft and write some poetry. You could come along. Or not. It doesn’t really matter. We just thought that since it’s a pretty cool industrial loft, with lots of lofty things, that it might be cool and not at all pretentious. By the way, check out our cool new clothes and hairstyles. They’re cool, huh?

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Mod The Sims: Buyable Mermadic Kelp


Luke Production over at Mod The Sims, has created a mod to make Mermadic Kelp available in buy mode. This is perfect for all the cheaters out there! ;)




Sims 3 Store: *Tomorrow’s* Sneak Peek!
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Our Industrial Loft set is coming out tomorrow!  I’m super excited about this set! It’s hip and trendy yet casual and laid-back at the same time. Okay, enough with the gushing, here are some photos!

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43 Comments Reviews The Sims 3 Island Paradise


The island paradise theme isn’t entirely new to the Sims franchise.  In the original Sims, Vacation plopped you into a beautiful vacation spot for you to enjoy.  In the Sims 2, Bon Voyage sent you to one of three awesome locations, including a tropical flavored area.



The Sims 3,  however, has made the experience more real than ever.  The addition of new features that have never been seen, as well as skillful rehashes of old favorites, make the game fairly enjoyable. Island Paradise takes advantage of the theme with excellent new gameplay features.  Primary on my list of favorite features added in this pack is the houseboat.




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Sims 3 Machinima: “Alone” Season 3 Episode 3


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Sims 3 Store: In Game Freebies

Get in game and snatch up these freebies while you can! Kudos to SteveMyBear for the tip!

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Time to Celebrate a Huge SimsVIP Milestone


When I first created SimsVIP, I never imagined that two years down the road my spur of the moment idea would have so many dedicated and supportive readers. I am truly blessed to be part of such an amazing community, and having met so many people around the world who share the same love for this game.
I work day in and day out to make SimsVIP a great place for all, and I am very thankful so many simmers have made SimsVIP their “go to” spot for their hobby needs. When anyone, for any reason, finds SimsVIP helpful in any way, it reminds me that all hard work pays off in the end.
Running this site is so much fun, and it is 100x more fun with all of you. Thank you so much from the bottom of my heart. ♥
…and with that said…
Today, SimsVIP hit a HUGE milestone in the history of the site. Thank you everyone for over 1 MILLION views for the month of June! =) ♥



To celebrate this amazing milestone we are going to host a HUGE! giveaway from July 12th through July 14th. This 3-day giveaway will be a continuing celebration of our Two Year Anniversary Party and a celebration of today’s awesome milestone.
I have over 10 games to give away, as well as 40 Barnacle Bay Codes (and counting!) from generous simmers who donated their unwanted codes to the site. This will be a fun weekend for all, so mark your calendars! I will post a reminder a few days prior to the event.
Thank you once again for your continued support! :)

Let’s Play The Sims 3 Island Paradise Extravaganza!


Need new ways to play your game? Want to sit back and check out the wonders of Island Paradise through the eyes of others?! Then it’s time to get your Island Paradise fix with the “Let’s Play The Sims 3 Island Paradise Extravaganza”!

Some of the top YouTube stars (nic0lekAgames, XUrbanSimsX, LifeSimmer, TheQuxxn, TheSimSupply & iPodZeke1) are already knee deep into the game, and have released several parts to their “Let’s Play Island Paradise” series. To celebrate their dedication and wildly awesome success, SimsVIP is dedicating this post to them! Click the photos below to be directed to their YouTube channels, and enjoy the show!


:!: Before commenting, it is recommended you read this post.

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Caption This!


This week’s caption contest has ended, and a winner will be announced in the next 24 hours! Thanks for participating everyone! :D 


Every Friday we post a brand new Sims 3 game play image for you to caption. Once the post goes up, you will have until Sunday at 12:00pm Central to come up with a “caption” for the image shown in the post. On to the rules

♦ Be original and creative. Creativity goes a long way!

♦ Do not post any offensive, vulgar, discriminatory, or NON “PG” comments. There are readers of all ages on the site, so please keep it clean.

♦ Do not steal someone else’s caption as your own. 

♦ You can post as many captions as you’d like. (Preferably in one comment)

♦ Everyone around the world can participate. 

♦ Comments close at 12:00pm on Sunday. 

Please post your Wishlist when commenting.


Once comments close on Sunday, we (SimsVIP) will go through all the captions and select a winner. The (one) person with the most creativity in their caption will win, and the winner will be announced sometime on Sunday evening, or Monday morning. The winner will receive 200 simpoints worth of random wishlist items. Make sure to post your wishlist when commenting!


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