Most LARP rules around my area (Russia) limit bow strength by its draw weight, using a spring scale to measure the draw weight when the bow is fully drawn with the arrows that are to be used in LARP. Changing arrows during the game is not legal and arrows tested are specially marked.

However, it is often desired to have a stronger bow than the others have. So, what methods can one use to cheat the system and increase the energy output, while still keeping the bow within the draw weight limits?

If something gets possible, how can those methods be prevented?

I know that this question may sound weird for this place, but questions about LARP are legal here, and this question is clearly related to LARP.

Responding to the comments, my goal is to fire faster, more accurately, and more distinctively for the victim (so that it's more clear that the arrow has hit), while still staying within the safety norms.

I am aware that I can choose arrows of different weight and have heavier arrows hit slower, but over longer distances, and vice versa for shorter distances. That is usually not an option.


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    \$\begingroup\$ I'm putting this on hold temporarily. First: could you clarify your end goal here? Do you want your arrows to travel a greater distance? Second: I'm concerned we may have an ethical responsibility to refuse this question. My understanding is draw weight is limited specifically to limit energy output as a safety measure to avoid serious injury from high-energy arrows (because draw weight and projectile energy directly correlate), so this question is effectively asking us to help you circumvent a LARP safety standard and engage in behaviour which could get people seriously injured. \$\endgroup\$ – doppelgreener Apr 19 '18 at 14:50
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    \$\begingroup\$ I don't imagine you actually want to be able to hurt anyone, which raises the question of why you'd want to cheat this system that exists to avoid people getting injured: it looks like it would be irresponsible and reckless to perform such a cheat, and irresponsible of us to advise you on how to do it if it were possible. Thus, can you clarify your situation such that you'd want to do this? \$\endgroup\$ – doppelgreener Apr 19 '18 at 14:54
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    \$\begingroup\$ Are you asking for advice on how to cheat? \$\endgroup\$ – KorvinStarmast Apr 19 '18 at 15:01
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    \$\begingroup\$ My underlying question is, why would you want to? The limits are there for safety; more energy means more risk of injuring someone. \$\endgroup\$ – Zeiss Ikon Apr 19 '18 at 16:56
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    \$\begingroup\$ I don't think you understand how draw weight = energy output = safety standard. No, we are not doing this in any form. At the very least, because helping you cheat your LARP's safety rules would open everyone involved at RPG.se to legal liability if you injure someone. No. \$\endgroup\$ – SevenSidedDie Apr 19 '18 at 17:10

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