Just surpassed eight myself back in March! I got married at the end of that year, and we had a cat... it was a pretty awesome one named Boots. Her liver failed at the end of last year though (RIP Bootsie). We had a son born to us the December before I officially signed up here. In fact, I am logged in today because Jack wants me to get him a trainer that gives him more cash for the Sims 3. I am not sure if the trainer is up to date or functional for their most recent version... but it is super cool to be sharing this with him already. Hey PWiz and Cal... do you hear that... two generation of CHU users here! I'll get him a lifetime membership when he turns 13.
Congrats on your successes QueenNic. This member is most happy for you!
Cross platform still does not exist as far as I know, but the customization from the Dragon's Keep is designed to allow customization of the world based on choices from previous DA titles and playthroughs. Sorry, I have not yet delved into the tool so it is hard to say how much that may benefit you. Long-story-short your account will be recognized on both platforms, but not the save games. Sorry mang.
Sounds amazing though. The sequel was just such an incredible let down for me. I cannot tell you how many times I played through Origins. Every race and each sex of every race got at least one play through. Most I even pursued through as both good and evil. With 2, it was one and done.