The problem for the players is the RTS-like AI found in these areas. The monsters / NPCs in the resource and building regions mine gold too, lumber timber and quarry stone. They also build towns, and if the players don't take the fight to them, they will eventually reach critical size and attack your village.
The best, most enjoyable and profitable thing to do, is naturally taking the fight to them first. Bringing your horses, war mammoths and siege engines and crush your enemy, drive them before you and hear the lamentation of their women.
Regular content updates are a major part of the MMO world. Will Funcom be following this route and how do you hope to expand Age of Conan in the future?
Godager: Yes, there will be content updates and expansion packs in years to follow. Hyboria is massive; we could expand on the world for decades without deploring it. Where we take it, in detail, remains to be seen. It is fair to say that we already have plans to expand into several countries of Hyboria. The problem is not what to do, but where to start...