The install went smoothly. I created a user "vmware" and added it to the admin group. Then I had to:
sudo apt-get install xinetd
sudo apt-get install libx11-6 libx11-dev libxtst6 xlibs-dev
The last line was thanks to this post. Without it, it wouldn't validate my serial number (and I'm sure I would have run into other problems).
The only default I changed was to put my virtual machines in /usr/local/vmware/Virtual Machines, because /usr/local is the big partition I made for VMs.