Dunno. Competition just makes me work harder so I love it. However, it is getting annoying how there are like 5 other kits in the works other than mine. Only one could either succeed or else they all fail (if Essentials keeps it's crown). There is only 1 winner in the end.
I've checked it out a long time ago (although never bothered to register). I remember when Jext tried making a Pokemon game in GameMaker 7 (it might be 6). He also asked me to be a spriter back in the spriters-resource several years back. Also, it is possible for me to import my WIP kit to HTML5 with the click of a button, so I'm his competition. :p
Just be realistic in your expectations for what you want in your game. As for finding a spriter, I suggest simply going on dA and try to find a spriter who is not already in a project. Least you can do is ask if they'll join. It doesn't hurt to try and ask, even if you think they're too good You'll need a good scripter first though, as a spriter won't join if they don't think you can make the game (or hack lol).
Well, the only reason it is a hack right now is because I'm using that to test various things out such as different systems I wanna have, different story line ideas, I am mainly using it as a hack at the moment, so once everything works right, it can be put into RMXP and done correctly. The only problem is trying to find spriters and tilers xD