Charles (Jarndyce911) just announced a new release candidate of Blender is ready for testing:
RC2 is ready to go! This one includes Blenderplayer as well! (I was previously having trouble getting it to compile).
Hopefully this version has fixed some of the quirks you guys mentioned earlier. I am also working on upping the max number of threads, so you should see a much bigger number than 8 by the time of the final release.
Thanks again for the support and help!
(Remember that it is cntrl-q to quit now.)