So here's the scenario:
Sam, Jack, and Dan roll opposed Overcome checks at +1, +2, and +3, respectively. Sam and Jack both want to use the "serious cost" option to succeed on their rolls.
The Fate Accelerated entry on contests makes it clear that contests are series of opposed Overcome rolls, and "if you got the highest result, you win the exchange."
In the description of the Overcome action, it says when a character fails an Overcome roll she "can succeed, but at a serious cost." I love this option, but it seems to break a bit in situations like this.
Is there any ruling or advice for this, or is it something for the group to work out when it comes up? I trust my players to be able to handle it, but we do like to know if there's guidance on this sort of issue.
(I've noticed that in fate-core the contest roll is described as "basically an overcome action," which may introduce extra complication. I'm currently using FAE though, and its description of contests as opposed Overcome actions is more definitive.)