While this is a guide, this can be considered the first Wing Commander novel ever published.
Behind the scenesEdit
According to the Star*Soldier developer and writer notes this book and the character of Carl T. LaFong canonically exist within the universe as something separate from the memoirs and character of Christopher Blair. Prankster is referenced as a separate canonical character alongside Maverick (Blair) and Todd Marshal (Maniac) in Star*Soldier on page 7;
- "The Rapier II replaced the aging CF-117 in 2654 and immediately made an impact: Dragon, Bandit, Maverick, Maniac, Prankster... a disproportionate number of the war’s top twenty aces served with Rapier II squadrons."
According to the writer and designers notes for understanding this reference;
- "Prankster" - This isn't the last time you'll see this: as awful as it is, I find the idea that Carl "Prankster" LaFong (the character from the Wing Commander I & II Ultimate Strategy Guide) and Chris Blair are two different people hilarous."
Another reference is made on page 26 of Star*Soldier
- “The sheer exhilaration with which Marshall tells his war stories gives his book a leg up on the likes of Armstrong and LaFong.” —Michael Gallagher
This reference is explained by the designers and writers as such;
- "Armstrong and LaFong" - I love this joke and I get the feeling everyone else hates it. Armstrong and LaFong were alternate names for Blair, used in Super Wing Commander and the Wing Commander I & II Ultimate Strategy Guide respectively. This is actually addressing a real book, since the conceit of that latter guide is that now-octogenerian LaFong has written his memoirs and you're reading them. Sorta contradicts Blair's death, too, if they're the same character...