This looks very snazzy, very detailed and refined. The angle looks great, the texture is very suitable and the glossy effect is well achived. Good work on this, I'm certain it has a very good chance of winning.
Ok, here is a quick tutorial for 3d text. Creat a piece of text in 3ds Max, edit it to the settings you like, when ready go to the modifiers tab, click on the dropdown and scroll to the item "Extrude". Select that modifier, and then extrude the necessary distance you wish the text to be, and voila you have 3d Text!
Ofcourse the requires knowledge of the max user interface.
I will make a tutorial for y'all tomorrow I suppose.
Sorry Smash, I hope ya get better good buddy!