In VMWare Player (5.0.1) it's unbelievable simple:
- switch network adapter to bridge;
- run "ifconfig" command in terminal and get "inet addr" of "eth0".
That's all - use this IP to connect via ssh (I use Putty in my Windows 8).
Also you can use it in browser (if some web-server is installed on guest).
All this info is very simple and looks pretty noobish, but I hope it will be useful for somebody :)