Fact Checking the Historical Accuracy of The Omega Contingent

You may be surprised to learn that every episode of The Omega Contingent goes through a pretty detailed fact checking process before we actually press the “record” button in the studio.

Perhaps the best way to exemplify this is by looking at the episode with the LEAST amount of historical occurrences in it, and then letting you judge how well we did our job.

Episode 7 – The Omega Rebellion Part 2, has our valiant crew spends nearly the entire episode on the ship. But even at a few thousand feet in the air, masquerading as a bird of prey, the world is still going on below.  Here are some of the things we fact-checked for historical accuracy before we began production:

  • Omicron uses a pocket watch. Did they actually have pocket watches in 1872?
  • Stanley references Salazar’s use of the internal combustion engine. When was that invented?
  • Was the sextant Omicron uses available in the 1870s?
  • What are the elements of a proper English Breakfast in the Victorian era?
  • Was Wave Theory (including frequency and amplitude) a thing?
  • When was the parachute invented?
  • When did Dwight L. Moody open the Northfield School for Girls?
  • Where was Dwight Moody in the spring of 1872?
  • How far is Boston from Northfield by carriage?

And these were just the topics that had to be researched for this one episode. You have to add to these things all the accumulated research that has gone into all the previous episodes as well.

We hope you appreciate the historical accuracy of a steampunk fantasy. We don’t like to bend real history… we just like to have fun while we play in it.

You can listen to Episode 7 by clicking here: The Omega Rebellion, Part 2

Or start from the beginning by listening to Episode 1 by clicking here: The Death of Delbert McCormick

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