Back in the day, I loved the plasma rifle in Doom. It wasn't my favorite weapon--I actually preferred the chaingun due to its greater precision--but the plasma rifle had a space-age quality to it that the chaingun lacked.
I had always wanted to write a story with plasma weapons, but it never seemed the right time. You can't really do it for hard science fiction due to the physics involved. Plasma doesn't work in real life like it does in Doom.
But I've finally gotten around to it. The Wheel of Fire series is science fiction bordering on science fantasy. The setting is finally right.
Oh, yes... There will be plasma. Plasma is good.