The pregame menu is presented on game load if there are no existing saved games. It displays:
Note that the window borders on the pregame screen are positioned at the outer edges of the screen, to assist with cropping for video streams.
The Custom menu can be accessed from the pregame screen, and allows you to change the default settings when starting a new game. This allows players in competitive settings to make personal adjustments without incurring a time loss during gameplay.
From the pregame screen, you may set the default names for the 12 different characters in Free Enterprise.
Name distinguishers will change a character's name when joining your party, to help differentiate between multiple instances of the same character.
If a character's sprite is missing from this screen, that means the character has been explicitly excluded from the seed using
Conly: flags. In situations where you may not see every character (eg. with
Cdistinct: flags), a character's sprite will still be visible on this screen if they could theoretically be found. That is, character visibility on this screen cannot be used to determine which characters are actually present in the seed.