The Drawing Board - Suggestions, Comments, and Future Plans / Re: Horses and cows! Rare spawns! Make farms not fully plant based!« on: April 28, 2017, 03:48:40 AM »
Or we could go hacky and make the horse disappear and give an speed buff (?
Things like this are actually quite common in games, and not really that hard. Change the graphic (optional), get a speed buff (actually, just make movement cheaper), and have all hits have a 50/50 chance (or 60/40, or whatever) chance of which one is hit, then handle as usual. If the mount dies, the buff is removed, and possibly a bad effect happens (chance at damage if thrown from the animal, or something). It's mildly hacky, but not terrible, and, as I said, it's really a common way to handle mounts in many games.
Considering I have tried making games myself, I know! However I find it a bit simple, my ideal implementation would be like a slower bike with a chance to fumble that varies depending on the horse and your riding ability, and no crashing stuff, but easier to aim from than a bike and just one tile sized, and also to have some cool zombie killing from horseback with some speed bonuses maybe?
However that's too much to ask, hahahah
Still would be neat to have the simple way, even! After all, simple doesn't mean bad, it's still pretty good. Just give me the ability of being knocked down by big forces and it would be fantastic to make the stories this game makes way more rich!