In the current beta, if you were receiving 100% exp gain under normal circumstances, you will receive no message about surplus in your chat log. It is not until you hit 90% exp gain that you start getting surplus exp messages. The 10% exp that you aren't getting is shown as "surplus exp". And as already detailed, the amount of surplus exp increases over time to a very low exp gain of 10%(very slow). In other words, surplus exp is the amount of exp you're not getting. I've only heard alleged reports of 0% exp gain. I've only experienced 90% surplus personally.
I'm explaining this because there were some posters that seemed like they thought surplus was bonus exp, but it is certainly not to those who have faced it in the beta.
No, because when it reach zero, you really get ZERO XP. It's not speculation, it's how it demonstrable works. If that number was a bonus, then you'd get half XP after 15 hours, not zero.
Exactly this. If the words SE are using are "bonus" and "surplus," they are choosing their words very, very poorly. Either that, or the words they ARE using are being translated very, very poorly.
As far as I can see there are 3 possibilities here.
1) Experience goes from 100% to nothing and does not refresh for a week. I think we can all agree, at least in principle, that this is pretty unacceptable, whether it affects us or not [what's to stop them from making it kick in after 4 hours next patch, or 2 hours?]
2) It begins at 150% XP or 200% XP and drops down to 100% over time. This "rewards" casual players who never reach that 8 to 15 hour cap by having nearly endless "bonus" XP. This is what I'm considering to be a "best case scenario"
3) It's supposed to work like #2, but due to a beta hiccup is currently working like #1. The whole problem here [actually, the whole problem period] is SE failing to step up and clarify the issue.
My biggest concern CURRENTLY is that they don't even seem to give a SH** about NA. They've posted an explanation in Japanese on the Japanese beta forums and seemingly just left us here to debate about it endlessly.
If they're feeling the pressure all of a sudden as a consequence of keeping their new systems under wraps, REGARDLESS OF THE CREDIBILITY of the source of controversy . . .well. . .like my wife always says "You made your bed, now lie in it". If the surplus system isn't FUBAR, then your attempt at mimicking Apple's no-info marketing gimick surely is.