Developed by Senior “Software” Engineer on Cerberus
One of the unique traits of The Secret World is the support to mix and match various abilities from the skill wheel to create one of a kind characters. Trying to manage your unique combination of abilities and gear can become a daunting task. Being able to quickly switch out your characters layout while the rest of your group patiently waits for you is another story entirely.
The Build Snapshot Manager makes managing your abilities and gear a snap! With BSM players can create an unlimited number of builds and switch between them with a single click of the mouse.
To start out I will go through the basics and explain the individual pieces of the Build Snapshot Manager and how they all work together. BSM is comprised of three major components, builds, deck snapshots and gear snapshots.
To open BSM target yourself and click on your name plate. This will display a menu that will open the build manager.
Screenshot of the deck libraryDeck Snapshots can be created by equipping abilities and saving the layout to the deck library. Players can specify a name, description and role for each deck they create. At any time a player can equip a deck snapshot by selecting it from the library and clicking the “Equip” button.
Each deck snapshot displays the active and passive abilities it provides as well as the date the snapshot was created and when it was last modified.
To create a new deck snapshot first you clear out the fields by clicking “New”. Then enter the name, description, role, etc and click the “Save” button. BSM will automatically inspect your character and store your ability layout within the snapshot.
Gear Snapshots are very similar to deck snapshots except they store layouts referencing your characters equipped items. This includes weapons and talismons. The items you have equipped at the time the snapshot was taken is stored in your library and can be accessed at any time. Just like the deck snapshots these can be equipped simply by selecting the gear set from the library and clicking the “Equip” button.
A bonus feature with BSM is it can be set up so when gear snapshots are being equipped all the items being removed from your character will be placed in a dedicated bag. This helps keep your inventory organized. To set this up you must first create a “gear bag” from your inventory and place all gear items in the bag. When items are exchanged they will all remain in the same bag.
Screenshot of the build libraryThe Build Library is the most powerful component of the three. An unlimited number of builds can be created by mixing and matching various deck and gear snapshot combinations. Through the use of builds players can equip the deck and gear snapshots it references at the same time simply by clicking the “Equip” button!
Like the snapshots, players can also give builds a name, description and role.
Builds are created by first clicking the “New” button to clear the fields. Then a name and role must be provided. The available deck and gear snapshots the player has created previously will be listed in the drop down lists. Clicking the “Save” button will save the build to the library.