BRD can almost keep up with ARC in the damage department, but BRD is more usefull all around and is one of the few Jobs that excells at the low level solo stuff (the rest are a struggle without 2nd wind and curing abilities). For a party situation in my experience, BRD>ARC damage is close and the benefits to the part are greater.
FFXI:Sylph - Perrin 75 Hume THF; Retired (At least from my use any way)
EVE Online:ScraperX; Retired
WAR:IronClaw- Peryn SW;SkullThrone- Grymloc BO; Retired