Ok, this is very odd. I can confirm that I created a brand new project, got playmaker, photon from the asset store, and the package from this thread, everything works fine, no errors, not funny player burried in the ground. went and add my cloud app id, and hit play and all was working well, player on the ground as it should etc etc.
so somewhere along the process, something might have been corrupted.
As for the current state of this, it's pending for an official release with a some nice goodies such as dedicated photon wizard editor for playmaker making it super easy to set up scenes and create Fsms for synching variables.
It's could be any time now.