Mashup Minecraft with The MagPi #41

The New Year 2016 edition of the official Raspberry Pi magazine is out now!

Click to find out what else is happening this month!

Click the pic to be magically transported to the pixelated world of The MagPi!

For many of our new readers this marks the magazine’s ‘difficult second album’, which begs the question: how do you top the first magazine in history to to give away a free computer on its cover?

Obviously, we can’t, but what we can do is deliver on one of the promises we made on last month’s cover – learning to code while you play Minecraft. We’ve collected some of our favourite Minecraft ideas and experiments for this month’s cover feature, some of which cross the void between Minecraft’s virtual world and our own. It’s not to be missed!

Elsewhere this issue we celebrate ESA Astronaut Tim Peake’s successful arrival on the International Space Station with some more of our favourite Astro Pi-inspired Sense HAT projects, and we’re helping you get the best possible start to 2016 with 10 New Year’s resolutions made possible with the help of the Raspberry Pi.

Subscriber copies of #41 will be dropping through letterboxes all over the world between Christmas and New Year.

Highlights from #41:

  • Minecraft Mashups
    Stunning Raspberry Pi projects that bring Minecraft’s virtual world to life
  • Your #PiZero projects
    Some of your best ideas and creations made with the $5 computer
  • Sense HAT special
    We celebrate Tim’s successful launch with more games and guides
  • New Year, new you!
    Awesome projects to help keep you honest in 2016
  • And much, much more!

As always, you can download your copy of The MagPi completely free. Grab it straight from the front page of The MagPi’s website.

Don’t forget, though, that like sales of the Raspberry Pi itself, all proceeds from the print and digital editions of the magazine go to help the Foundation achieve its charitable goals. Help us democratise computing!

If you want something more tangible to play with, you’ll be glad to hear you can get the print edition in more stores than ever:

And all good newsagents

US readers will be able to buy the fabled #40 with its free #PiZero covermount from either Barnes & Noble or Micro Center from around the 16th January 2016.

Rather shop online? The Raspberry Pi Swag Store has copies that can be delivered practically anywhere in the world.

If you still want to start a new subscription with #40, with a free #PiZero and a free cable bundle, you can! Just make sure you select the right option when you sign-up online or over the phone.

#41 will be arriving with readers between Christmas and New Year!

MAKE GAMES WITH PYTHON – new e-book out now!
Finally this month we’ve released the second in a new The MagPi Essentials e-book range. This time we’re showing you how to make games with Python on your Raspberry Pi.

Download the e-book for free or help raise funds for The Raspberry Pi Foundation by buying it on Apple & Android devices

It’s available as a free PDF download or as a digital edition on The MagPi app for Android and Apple devices. We’d love to learn about the games and interactive applications you make!


Alan Mc avatar

Great stuff. Will look forward to finding the new issue in my postbox when I get back to France. Have a Minecraft Mashup of my own in mind. Will keep MagPi informed ;o)

A bit calmer this morning than 1 month ago I imagine =o)

Happy holidays & season’s greetings to all at Pi Towers !

Russell Barnes avatar

We’re still in the #40 storm, but it’s a little calmer now!
Let us know about your Minecraft Mashup in the New Year.

Merry Christmas!

Gordon77 avatar

No free Pi Zero 2? ;)

Peter Howkins avatar

Technically the Pi Zero is at least the third computer to be given away on a magazine!

The first I know of is the GMC-4 which was included in the Japanese kit magainze ‘Otona no Kagaku’ in 2009. (

The GMC-4 was a 4bit machine you programmed in assembler, it had sound output, a 7 segment display, hex key input and no way to store a program when the power was off!

They’ve then followed that up in 2010 with an 8bit machine, which seems to be an arduino clone! (

Neither are really in the same class as a Pi Zero though :)

Russell Barnes avatar

We were aware of this offer, but since they’re micro controllers we still get first prize for an ‘actual computer’ :)

Lee Wilkin avatar

Awesome news about availability @ Sainsburys, Tescos, Asda, etc.! :-)

Wishing you all a Very Merry Christmas and an Innovative New Year — I can’t wait to see what you guys come up with in 2016. Will we see another quantum “leap” like in 2012? ;-)

rich steed avatar

Got my copy on christmas eve – the day after I got my issue 40!

Didn’t realise the magazine was becoming daily – bit disappointed I haven’t got issue 42 yet :)

Derek avatar

Thanks for the blog post. Currently browsing on my shiny new raspberry pi. Still don’t know what I’m doing. :P

Toby avatar

I love it!

Hot Chocolate avatar

Too bad I *cough* overhacked *cough* all my Android devices…
I’ll download the PDF sometime, but could you at MagPi towers make a version of your app compatible with the Android TV play store?

lar avatar

Still waiting for my issue #40 here in the US, when are they being shiped?

Mark avatar

I got my issue #41, but still no issue #40. It’s that expected in the U.S. and the #40 will come out of order? Our should I call subscription support?

Mark avatar

Ah #40 arrived today. So just out of order and a few days apart.

Mark avatar

Ah #40 arrived today. So just out of order and a few days apart.

dwayne avatar

where can we in good ole us of a , acquire the zero magpi issues ?

Russell Barnes avatar

#40 is just starting to come on sale in Barnes & Noble and Micro Center stores across America. Contact your local branches before travelling.

Dolores p avatar

The mashups are really awesome. I can’t wait to get my hands on it

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