So I’m going to run an encounter with the PCs against some mounted Dewback Troopers. Unfortunately, the actual animal mount rules are… not very extensive.
My main concern is targeting. Dewbacks are a point of silhouette larger than their riders, which suggests that they should probably be the ‘primary’ target, and PCs should have to use the Aim manever to target a specific part of the target, but a maneuver and 2 setback seems excessive- that’s more reasonable for trying to hit the driver of a speeder through the windscreen.
The alternative is basically to assume the Dewback offers cover to its rider, but that’s not very much of a benefit considering the relative sizes.
As a compromise, I was considering +1 defence but the rider can spend 2 threat on a successful attack to redirect the hit to their mount. Sound reasonable to people? Without the 2 threat redirect, I feel like very few attacks will actually hit the dewback, despite its bulk.
Finally, it doesn’t feel like there’s any existing abilities that make mounted charges actually dangerous at all- you can use the mount’s attacks with your Survival skill, but often they won’t be better than your own. So I’ve added a Cavalry Charge ability that adds damage equal to the mount’s Brawn on one hit when you spend 2 maneuvers to move into Engaged range.
Seems reasonable? Anyone else had experience with mounted foes and run them differently? I’ve made an RPGSessions sheet for the Dewback Trooper here.