so what started out as a quick project to silence my dartboard has ended up wondering what would be the physics involved in creating a silent dartboard. It has to use a standard board so the board cant be modded in terms of its materials. Now i guess the answer is to dissipate the energy as far as possible through the board itself into a another medium? For example if the board was fitted with rear springs that took up the impact would that result in less dart 'thump'? As for the stand, would it need to be on a spring that again allowed for movement?