In my effort to teach my children D&D I unwrapped my Essential's collection (sitting shrink wrapped in my closest since... 2010?) and read through the Red Box, popped out all the monsters and started to read the adventures. I must say this is a great line of products for people like me - introducing D&D to my kids. And I guess it would work well introducing anyone to D&D. It does something no D&D product has done before in my opinion (for context I started with the original Red Box in 81) and that is actually teach the player how to play and the DM how to DM in a clear and effective manner. So kudos to the desingers.
I plan on playing the included adventures back-to-back as the first intro mini-campaign with my kids (9 and 7 year old) and my wife taking them from 0 level (effectively) to level 4. My question is related to this. It seems there were no other products published for this line. No extra adventures for example. Is this intentional? Was it always meant to be a limited product line or did something else happen?
I would have loved to have seen a blue box, green box etc. Considering how good the re-imagined Red Box is. On the module side I hazard to guess because you could use straight up 4e modules nothing else was published specifically for Essentials.
Finally, any recommendations on where I can go from the included intro adventures with my family if they take to it? One of the attractions of Essentials for me (and one of the reasons I have waited so long to dive back in to D&D) is the time commitment as the DM. It was just too high. So want to stick with published adventures with minimal prep time for me as the DM.
Thanks in advance.