I want to play Minecraft with a friend who has a debilitating fear of spiders. I would like a way to ensure that spiders, of any variety, will never appear in the game. Ever. Anywhere. Including appearing in spawners. I am playing in 1.7.10 for mod compatibility. Is this even possible?
I am willing to use mods, but I have not had the best luck with the mob spawn controlling mods. I have the 1.7.10 version of Mob Spawn Controls, but (at least using the in-game UI), it seems to have a minimum of 1, not 0, possibly because I am not understanding its system. It also doesn't appear to affect spawners. Just Another Spawner baffles me completely, so I am worried I would miss something and spiders would appear. Again, no control over spawners that I know of.
Editing the Minecraft jar file directly to replace the model, animation, and sounds with those from another mob without changing the effects is not out of the question, as it is the imagery that is a problem, not the game effects. I could make little ninjas based on the little zombie; that would fit with the behavior reasonably well. I am just not sure how involved the edits would have to be, and a bit concerned about breaking compatibility with unmodified versions (since we want to play with friends).