So we had our "Little Kids" game today. We had been playing Pathfinder with the boys, but the DM showed up with something else in mind. He re-did all the Pathfinder characters using only D&D Essentials and we went through the adventure from the Red Box. We had, as he described it, the D&D Essential experience.
It was awesome!
The boys picked up on the rules quickly, but they had all played 3.x, Pathfinder and D&D 4 before. The characters were familiar to them all, that was also a plus. The tokens worked great, the maps are cool and the new Rules Compendium made looking things up a breeze.
We got through three encounters in about 4 hours, not too bad really.
Greg, the DM, and I are going to talk, but this might be the game we play with the boys. I still ahve our 3.x game to wrap-up and then start their 4.0 game. Greg and I are still going to do Pathfinder for our "Big Kids" game, so this makes crossovers between the two groups more problematic, but not impossible.
Looking forward to more of this. I am really, really enjoying the 4e Essentials stuff.
And yes, I played a Fey-Pact Warlock. Gotta stick to what works for me.