I was quite intrigued back in open beta when I saw that "Betazoid" was a playable race in the character creation menu. Troi is hot, and as a race they can read people's minds. So I figured playing a psychic character would be pretty neat.
So my first and main character is a Betazoid male named "Rwalph". (Apparently you can't have a Betazoid just named "Ralph.) At first I couldn't really tell what effects playing as a mind-reading Betazoid would make. Then I hit ground PVP. You expose LIKE A MAD MAX ROBOTIC EXPOSING MACHINE DEVELOPED IN A SECRET LAB.
Nope. Human here, you alien freak, get off our planet until we have a reached an age where we are enlightened enough to not be prejudiced against aliens. I mean we don't even like human aliens, and they at least evolved from the same monkeys we did.
Oh wait, in game? Joined Trill. My main meatball is a Joined Trill.
In light of me reaching Exploration Cruisers and not wanting to put up with it, I decided that my rather gorgeous-looking Betazoid female science officer was due to get her own command.
Barring the very similar storyline she's bound to share with my first engineering captain, I rather like her so far. I'm obviously going for Science ships this time around.
I've a great fondness for the split beam phaser rifle, but now that you mention it I remember making a pretty good duo with a friend's tactical officer in the tutorial. I was phasering Borgs on stun and they seemed to become exposed easily. That, and gravimetric shift. I found it pleasantly effective, but mayeb being Betazoid has something to do with it now that you mention it.
Perhaps I'll change my previous tactic. I was giving my crew expose weapon and using the split beam exploit weapon on my captain character. Perhaps the reverse will be more worth it this time around.