If you have min-maxer friends in Guild Wars 2 as I do, you probably already know about arcdps, a player-designed mod that originally merely parsed chat logs and gathered DPS statistics, which I’m sure were only ever used for good and never for evil because MMORPG players would never judge each other based on numbers spewing forth from a meter. Oh, wait, they would? It is in fact one of their favorite things to do? Dammit.
That aside, the mod is approved by ArenaNet, and most recently it picked up some epic new features that will likely raise its popularity even among people who believe DPS parsers are one of the worst things to ever happen to MMOs. That feature? Build templates.
“I now have the all clear for build templates,” deltaconnected writes. “arcdps serves as the framework for the time being meaning you will need both arcdps and the buildtemplate DLLs in bin64. […] No support for legendary stat swapping yet – requires legendaries to experiment on.”
The author notes that his mod is merely a “stopgap until a first party solution” by ArenaNet is created; indeed, many commenters there criticize the studio for relying on modders to provide these kinds of tools, particularly the build template tool, which was a staple in classic Guild Wars and has been at the top of many players’ wish lists for years.