In 1913 a bestselling author of tremendous originality, who wrote fiction and fantasy and history and was an an outspoken pacifist and socialist, published a book that laid out a scheme for a miniature war game, involving model soldiers, that could be played indoors or out. The author said he had never seen a professional military man play his game without sinking into profound confusion. This led him to declare that real war must be a great "blundering thing." Name the author and his book.
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