I've been wanting to make a comical Fate one-shot, but never gotten the main mechanic to work, so looking for some suggestions.
My idea is a fantasy setting, but instead of being brave warriors and wizards, the players will run an inn/pub that has one last chance to save it from being closed down. The reason why they might get closed down can be decided with the players, (need to get they rent money, to many warnings from the sheriff, harboring rebels) what ever makes the tension right and sets up possible comical situations.
My dilemma is I need a "timer" or a stress track that would indicate how close the players are to failure. For instance, if it we're the "sheriff will shut them down if they make too much noise again" scenario then should be some kind of a stress track that goes down if the (for instance) band gets drunk and plays to loud, and then how many time can something happen until the sheriff kick in the door and closes the place. Plus, my hope is to make it a one-shot, something that can be played in a few hours.
I would love to hear your suggestions on how I could get a stress track to give tension and worry, and a timer that would indicate when play is over.