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The Villager's Journal can be found in an Old Keepsake Box along the Old Tristram Road or within The Old Ruins in Act I. You do not need to be on any particular quest for the box to appear or the journal inside it.
Only one of your characters needs to find the journal for you to be credited with it.
To find out which journals you have found so far go to your Achievements list (press Y) and check:
- Campaign > Act I > Taking Notes
|Found in an Old Keepsake Box (map) on the Old Tristram Road or in The Old Ruins|
|Part||Text||Found on Quest|
|1||The king has gone mad, executing anyone his paranoid eye falls on! None of us are safe. -- Villager Gordon||Any|
Villager's Journal is in some way involved in the following achievement(s).
| Taking Notes
|10|| Read the following Quest lore books in Act I.
| Books & Lore of the
|Tomes - Lore Books  In-game: People World/Quests Bestiary Diablo I & II Extra: Manuals/Other Novels History|
|Diablo I Tomes||Diablo II Tomes|
|Diablo I Manual||Diablo II Manual||D2: LoD Manual||Diablo III Manual||Other sources|
Abd al-Hazir (Writings)
|Diablo novels||The Sin War Trilogy||Diablo III novels||Diablo comics||Other books|