Upon acquiring the Romulan Hyper-Plasma torp launcher and trying it out, I have discovered that, if I am close to the detonation, the plasma fire is applied to me as well as to the target. Is this how it is meant to work--an AOE explosion that does NOT discriminate between friend and foe and can damage the ship that fires it (i.e. similar to the Tricobalt blast)?
How many Starfleet Engineers does it take to exchange an Anti-positronic Photon Emitter?
The spash damage is meant to be a deterrent from unleashing the high damage torpdoes (and mines) point blank against a target. Being unleaashed point blank doesn't allow the target to defend against these destructible objects.